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Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Heavy Cold

Like the Queen, I am down with a heavy cold.  Do you say heavy cold?  I've always said "bad" cold.  I thought it was so funny when I first heard the news reports about the Queen but with the weight of my swollen sinuses, I'm beginning to see it could be "heavy".

I've finished about 3 weeks at my new job.  For two of those weeks the boss was out of town.  That gave me a good chance to get familiar with all the little nuances of the job.  We'll see how long I last when he gets back.

Want to hear something really interesting?  I'm nearly deaf in my left ear and I didn't know!  I knew I had trouble hearing in general but because I don't have a landline anymore, I didn't realize how bad it had gotten.  When I answer the phone at the office I have to listen with my right ear.  Oh well, I knew hearing aids were in my future.  At least it won't require surgery to fix it.  Yeah!

After reading and hearing about Christmas, I can see that I made the right choice to be home alone in the quiet.  I needed my brain to rest after the first weeks at the new job plus I really don't enjoy noisy situations - even with my sweet little family.  I might have a touch of some social anxiety or might just be I've lived a quiet life so long the noise and bodies disturb me.  Anyway, the family knows I love them and accept it.

My daughter's boyfriend, who I did not get to see over the holidays, gave me some candles and Starbucks coffee for Christmas.  Now that is the kind of fella you want your daughter to marry.  If he is thoughtful enough to buy something for me, then I can be pretty sure he will treat her right.

I'm looking forward to the New Year and I have no idea why.  Just a habit?  Or hope that it will be an improvement from last year?  Don't know.  I also have a birthday coming up in February.  I'll be 67.  I kind of liked 66.  It looked better when you wrote it than 67.  Hahaha.  That sound's plain old stupid but there you have it.  That's the way my brain works.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Why is it the older we get the faster time flies?

Gosh.  New Year's Eve.  Time really flies when you are older.  Why is that?  Why is it the older we get the faster time flies?  Here are a few thoughts on the subject.

Psychologist William James, in his 1890 text Principles of Psychology, wrote that as we age, time seems to speed up because adulthood is accompanied by fewer and fewer memorable events. When the passage of time is measured by “firsts” (first kiss, first day of school, first family vacation), the lack of new experiences in adulthood, James morosely argues, causes “the days and weeks [to] smooth themselves out…and the years grow hollow and collapse.”
In the early 1960s, Wallach and Green studied this phenomenon in groups of younger (18-20 years) and older (median age 71 years) subjects through the use of metaphors. Young people were more likely to select static metaphors to describe the passage of time (such as “time is a quiet, motionless ocean”). Older folks, on the other hand, described time with swift metaphors (“time is a speeding train”). ...

From The Conversation.com:

 The theory goes that the older we get, the more familiar we become with our surroundings. We don’t notice the detailed environments of our homes and workplaces. For children, however, the world is an often unfamiliar place filled with new experiences to engage with. This means children must dedicate significantly more brain power re-configuring their mental ideas of the outside world. The theory suggests that this appears to make time run more slowly for children than for adults stuck in a routine. 

So the more familiar we become with the day-to-day experiences of life, the faster time seems to run, and generally, this familiarity increases with age. The biochemical mechanism behind this theory has been suggested to be the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine upon the perception of novel stimuli helping us to learn to measure time. Beyond the age of 20 and continuing into old age, dopamine levels drop making time appear to run faster. 

My personal favorite is from The Washington Post:

There's a reason that one summer seems to stretch out forever when you're a kid, but zips by before you know it when you're 30. That reason is perspective, as as a gorgeous interactive visualization, by Austrian designer Maximilian Kienerdemonstrates.
When you're one year old, a year is literally forever to you -- it's all the time that you've ever known. But as you grow older, one year is a smaller and smaller fraction of your total life. It's like watching something shrink in your rear view mirror.
This idea has stunning implications. It means that parents actually see their children grow up much faster than children perceive themselves to be.It means that waiting 24 days for Christmas at age 5 literally feels like waiting a year at age 54. It might also explain why kids on car trips are always asking that annoying question, "Are we there yet?" A car journey actually feels longer to kids than it does to adults.
 Whatever the reason, my life is flying by.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve Day and I don't feel like Christmas is rocking my world.  My house is decorated.  The presents are wrapped and at the Son's house for tomorrow morning.  The little girls spent the day here and I am happily worn out.

The temperature is mild - like door open and wearing shorts mild.  The cable is on the blink and luckily I thought to get both library books and books on CD for the long weekend.  

I started a job three weeks ago.  Yes, I actually did it.  I wasn't sure how it would work out with my sleep problems but I slept all night on the third night and have done pretty good since that time.  I do tend to wake up between 5:30-6:00 a.m. and only fall back asleep in time to get up at 7:00.  I guess I should just get up but I don't know what to do with the extra time - besides chores - which I don't want to do.

Oh well, live is full of changes and new roads to take. Maybe I am just entering a season of life that prefers simpler celebrating.  I know I decorate less and cook less so maybe there is no longer a need to be overly excited that Christmas is here.  Maybe that is another change coming into my life.

It might also have to do with the wonderful family get-together we had the first of December that was all I could have asked for as far as spending quality time with the extended family.

I will say that I am very happy and contented and you really can not ask for more than that.

Whatever stage you are in, I hope you are enjoying your friends and family or, in the alternative, you are having a quiet, but nice holiday weekend, like me.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Taking Care of Business

Not a lot to tell.  I got out to take an Ebay package to the post office and to pick the Grand Son up after a Christmas Snow Day at the high school.  Some company donated fake snow and he said they had a great time.

I have been colder this winter than any other time I can remember.  I wore two pairs of socks, turned on the electric blanket and put a lap blanket on top of that and stayed in my recliner as much as possible.  So did Buddy.

I just found out my BIL is in the hospital.  He has diabetes but doesn't mind it like I do.  He also had an on the job injury that caused him to have hip surgery and then some serious back pain.  Two days ago he got some Steroid shots in his back.  That night and the next day he started having severe reactions which I now recognized as high blood sugar.  They called the doctor and he sent them to the hospital where is sugar was nearly 600 and he was about to have kidney and liver failure.  They quickly got the blog sugar down and are monitoring the rest to see if there is any damage.  This was a reaction to the shots, which is a common reaction, but they are not sure what kind of numbers he was having before the shots.

He is the one that got that diabetic foot infection and they thought he might lose his foot, but once again, modern medicine to the rescue.  Since then I go to the doctor anytime I think I might have some serious problem with my foot.

One time I went because I kept having this little pain in my foot and I couldn't figure it out.  I was embarrassed to go to the doctor but it turned out I had a staple in my foot which could have become infected and they had to dig it out.

Whether it is your heart, kidney or blood sugar, keep a diligent watch out for things that can become a problem.  We all hate taking our medicine, monitoring our health and being told to give up some of the things we love.

I admit I don't believe everything I hear and am told ... but I do listen.

Let's stay healthy as long as we can.

Friday, December 9, 2016

O'Dark Thirty

If you had military men in your family you probably grew up hearing that phrase. Tom's article touching on "War" as it relates to WWII vs. Vietnam made me think of it.  I must have heard it a lot because I say it a lot.

I did find success on the Troll shopping trip.  As I neared Big Lots (I don't know if you have them), I thought why not try.  They are not very large stores and once it's gone it is usually the end of that product.  I found the last two large Troll characters and two pack of smaller ones for the littlest Grand Girl.  Great trip. No large mall.  No packed store.  My kind of shopping.

I was surprised at the prices however since Big Lots is usually pretty affordable. It is not so much that I mind being poor in retirement, i.e. social security, but I wish prices would stay in line with what I get so that Christmas or Birthdays would not break the bank.

The weather is still cold down here and supposed to be colder tomorrow.  Buddy stayed in bed all day.  He got up twice when I went downstairs, but came right back up and got under the covers.  It really was nippy here last night.  I take back what I said about the electric blanket.  I've been sitting under it all afternoon.

My son took the Grand Girls to get Santa photos tonight and they are precious. I'll share as soon as I get a copy.

More later....

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


I'm off to search for Trolls.  By that I mean the dolls, of course.  There is a new Troll movie out and I knew it would be a big hit with the Grand Girls because they love anything they can brush the hair.
You do remember the Trolls from the early 60s?  I'm not sure how much they've changed except the seem to have the same standup hair.  I'm sure I'll know more than I ever wanted to know when I get back from Walmart and/or Target.

Here is a little background on Trolls from Wikipedia if you need a refresher:

Troll dolls were originally created in 1959 by Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam. Dam could not afford a Christmas gift for his young daughter Lila and carved the doll from his imagination. Other children in the Danish town of Gjøl saw the troll doll and wanted one.[5] Dam's company Dam Things began producing the dolls in plastic under the name Good Luck Trolls.[6] The dolls became popular in several European countries during the early 1960s, shortly before they were introduced in the United States. They became one of the United States' biggest toy fads from the autumn of 1963 to 1965. The originals were of the highest quality, also called Dam dolls and featuring sheep wool hair and glass eyes. Their sudden popularity, along with an error in the copyright notice of Thomas Dam's original product, resulted in cheaper imitations.
The Dam company never stopped their production of trolls in Denmark, where they were always a popular item. In the late 1980s, the Dam trolls started making another comeback in North America. The E.F.S. Marketing Associates, Inc was one of the few corporations which was granted permission to import and market the Thomas Dam trolls for resale in the United States. These Dam Trolls were marketed under the trade name of Norfin (R) Trolls, with the Adopt A Norfin Troll logo on the tags.
During the period of popularity in the early- to mid-1990s, several attempts were made to market the troll dolls to young boys. This included action figure lines such as The Original Battle Trolls from Hasbro, the Stone Protectors franchise, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Trolls. The popular Mighty Max line also had a series named Hairy Heads, also known as Dread Heads.
In 1994, the Dam copyright was restored by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. The Uneeda Doll Company, a company that made millions of US dollars by manufacturing troll dolls in the U.S., challenged the restoration. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the lower court's preliminary injunction, enjoining Uneeda from manufacturing, distributing, or selling "Wish-nik" troll dolls.[7]In 2003, Toy Industry Association named troll dolls to its Century of Toys List, a list of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century.[8]In 2005, the troll brand was licensed to DIC Entertainment, and products such as fashion dolls and fashion accessories were sold under the Trollz name.[9] The new Trollz campaign was not successful. In 2007, the Danish company filed a lawsuit against DIC Entertainment claiming that the company financially misrepresented its ability to create and market a modern troll doll toy campaign and destroyed the image and goodwill of the doll.[10]

Happy shopping to me.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Darkness and more Darkness

I don't know what time it is.  Early morning or heck, it could be 4:30 in the afternoon it is dark so much these days!

I woke up itching - from that unknown cause that 3 doctors could not solve - so I got up and took 2 pills.  Hopefully by the time I get through reading blogs and writing this post, they will have started to ease the itching.

I have really been feeling the cold. It has been coldish and raining off and on for several days.  I was in the shower the other day just standing in the hot water letting the heat seep through to my bones when I realized how cold I had been.   It's unusual for me.  I'm always the hottest person in the room - from the diabetes or medicine I suspect.

I tried sleeping with the electric blanket on this week but I didn't care for it. Buddy liked the heat coming up through the blanket and bed spread though.  He is so funny.  He loves when he sees me getting his sweater out.  He runs to put it on.  I try to take it off at night or when he is burrowed under his blanket.  I worry when I see him all twisted up in the sweater sometimes.

The oldest Grand Girl has a birthday this week.  She turns 8.  Two of my nephews and both of my parents, now deceased, also have/had December birthdays.  I hate that the glow of Christmas takes some of the specialness away from her day.

The little girls spent the night with me after the Family Get Together.  The oldest fell asleep right away but the youngest was wound up like a top.  I took a nice nap after they left.  My son said he really appreciated a night off.  His friends wanted him to go out while he was childless but he just wanted to sleep. Hahaha. Parenthood will wear you out.

Snuggle Buddies

I'm listening to the new John Grisham, The Whistler.  So far it has not been one of my favorites but I've been know to say that about a book that ended up a favorite so we'll see.

That's all I've got.  Hope you're snug as a bug in a rug. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Family time

We had a lovely time at my sister's house Saturday night.  We try to take a picture of the 3 sisters once a year.  We had so many teenagers making fun of us it took about 20 tries to get 1 decent picture.  And you know the story ... someone was blinking, frowning or sneezing in every try.  Here is the funniest and the best.

and here is all the kids and grandkids. The girl in the pink heart and the oldest guy are my son and daughter, grandson in the pink hat and grand girls.  The other girl and two guys are my sister's children.

It was so much fun.  

More later.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

DIY Memory Ornament

I saw this on Pinterest but it actually came from Bree at Average But Inspired.

It is a memory ornament with bits of saved cloth and handwriting.  I'm not sure what I have that might work but I'm going to give it a good thought.

If it sounds like something you would be interested in, click through on the link above.

Another wonderful day

My days continue to get better and I am so grateful.  I haven't been playing any Christmas music, which I love, but there is plenty in the store so I have been humming along.

It was really cool here today.  I wore a sweater all day and Buddy wore his too.  I watched Reverant that I checked out from the library.  Having seen Jeremiah Johnson (with Robert Redford) so many years ago, it was ok but it kind of seemed like a remake.  The scenery was all in the snow country.  They were constantly going through water and it made me cringe to think of my feet wet and cold.  Their hair always looked oily and dirty, which I'm sure is the way it really was, and that really grossed me out.  Hahaha.

Guess that is about all I have today.  I was busy but nothing to write about.