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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Houston, We have Snow .... Well Crunchy Ice

I'm not a doomsday believer but when you have snow/crunchy ice twice in one Winter in Houston, Texas - well, it just makes you wonder if the end is nearer than you think.  Hahaha.  I would have attached a picture but it was just too pitiful to claim after what some of you Yankees are going through. 

I've been playing around with new headers.  If I made New Year's Resolutions, getting back to serious blogging might have been one of them.  You can always tell when I am bored and restless, I start doing things that take in-depth research.  I guess that's what I miss about work - all the research and organization. 

I had an appointment scheduled with the Hypnotist/Life Coach this evening so, of course, I had to cancel with this weather.  Come to think of it maybe that is why we had this weather. 

Yes, I am that friend who tries quirky things.  All my friends shook their heads when I started my ice dyeing adventure but I had a lot of fun doing it.  Now I need a new little challenge to master. 

My dear friend has been moved from ICU to a room and she has passed the swallowing test several times.  Don't know what it means but I'm told that is good.  Her birthday was this month.  Yeah.  Happy Birthday to her.  I can't go see her with the bad roads but hopefully tomorrow or the next day.  Thanks for the kinds words of encouragement I received. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Old Friends

My BFF had a second stroke yesterday and is in the hospital.  This lady and I had our first apartments together when we were 19.  We have lived near and far from each other but never lost touch.  We were single parents together and now share grandchildren stories with each other.  She is not able to speak clearly.  The only thing anyone understands is when she says "I'm better". 

She has smoked all of her life.  She has been "going to quit" for so many years.  I think she quit taking her blood pressure medicine a while back as she told me she was off her medicine.  I didn't ask her which ones.  If I had told her this was dangerous it would not have made a difference.  She is stubborn.  Now she is very sick. 

Do you have a long time friend?  The thought of losing her is so sad but the thought of her being unable to speak is almost as heartbreaking.  She loves to talk on the phone and keeps up with so many people this way. 

In honor of my friend's illness, take the time to call you friend today and share your love.  You never know when it might be you or them. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Baby Its Cold Outside - Bing Crosby & Doris Day

I've got a little cold going on here.  Over a sore throat but my nose and head are not clear yet. 

I'll be alone tonight as the social creatures in my family are each spending the night with friends.  That is ok with me.  I'll be watching fireworks on TV or maybe cuddling up with a good book or movie.  I definitely won't be sorry I'm not out and about socializing.  I'll be warm and cozy - and safe - right here.

Whatever your plans are, I wish you the Happiest New Year. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Christmas was nice and very low key.   The Grand Girls were only here for a short while with all the Christmas obligations they had to go to.  I didn't even get any good pictures because we were busy trying on clothes, getting dolls dressed, coloring with new pens and drinking hot chocolate.  

The Grand Son had his car towed the two weeks before Christmas so that was his present from Dad!  Hard lesson and I know he was disappointed but he put up a good front.  However, last night he parked at a friend's apartment and got towed again.  I'm not sure why.  Probably tenant only parking but Dad bailed him out once again.  

I, however, since he is living with me and my Daughter, told him he was grounded for a month and had to be in by sundown except for work nights.  He asked me "when sundown was.  Like around 10:00?  That sounds reasonable."  Being home at 10:00 is reasonable but that is not a punishment.  So 6:00 it is. 

He went to bed early tonight.  I do feel sorry but his Dad has now paid as much in tows as he did for the old clunker.  

As for myself, I did score big this Christmas.  The Daughter and Son bought me a Roku-abled TV and wireless headphones.  Not only that but my daughter researched it so that I literally only had to plug them in and they were set up and sinked.  I did have to hook up my own accounts like for Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube.  But I just took them one at a time so as not to get frustrated.  The older I get the less tech-savvy I am, so I really appreciated the easy to work gift.  

New Years Eve Day I am spending with my Sister and her family.  I guess the Grand Son will go with me since his only other choice is watching Times Square on TV. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Report on my new Hearing Aids and other sundry items

I have had my Hearing Aids just over a week now.  It is hard to answer whether you hear better.  Either you hear or you don't hear.  This is what I know. 

When the little girls were over last weekend I didn't once ask them to come to me when they were speaking.  Usually, I have to say "Come over here.  Nana can't hear you."  Then what happens is that they come closer and talk softer so I still can't hear.  Hahaha. 

My daughter commented as soon as they left how I never once had to ask them to come to me.  I had also noticed this and, if that was the only benefit, it would be worth the price to hear my darlings. 

This past Thursday we went to see Star Wars.  I loved it.  It was just as I wanted it to be.  My daughter and Grand Son were equally pleased but they had all kind of comments because they study and discuss the Star Wars movies "in-depth".

I was afraid that the music would be too loud and that I would be turning the Hearing Aids down when the music came on and up for the voices.  I had no problem hearing at all and didn't make any adjustments for this. 

I did, however, have a problem with the voices of the people around me in the theater.  There were a lot of grownish men and their voices were so loud to me.  I expect that as excited grown men they were talking too loud.  I forgot to ask my daughter if she noticed it since she and the Grandson were yacking so much.  Once the movie started they were quiet and everything was perfect.

Another thing I noticed was that the voices of my Daughter and Grandson were so loud in the car - both coming and going.  Usually, I have quite a problem hearing in the car.  I just turned it down (by clicking the lower button on top my left hearing aid). 

I've also noticed in certain parts of my living room (no carpet) and places with tile floors and high ceilings that I have a problem hearing.  Since it doesn't happen too often I haven't worked on a solution yet. 

I also have an app on my phone so I can adjust the volume and for certain situations like the background noise in a restaurant. 

All in all, I'm very pleased.  The purchase price included a replacement for one set of broken or lost hearing aids.  I now live in fear that I will lose them before they are paid for.  Like having a wreck driving out of the new car lot!  Such is life.  You can't hide for fear of a problem. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

No Cable TV means less Christmas stress

It occurred to me that I am feeling less Christmas stress this year and I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that we don't have cable TV. 

Since I did all of my shopping online Thanksgiving weekend, I have not been to the stores at all.  Macy's and Amazon, where I did most of my shopping, keep sending me emails about more ideas but they are easier to delete unread than trying to ignore a TV commercial. 

I also realized that since the commercials weren't on while the Grand Girls were here, I didn't hear them chiming in during every commercial break.  Interesting. Such an easy solution after years and years of being told how much you need this special something. 

This is not Buddy but looks very similar. 
If only he would sit still wearing a Christmas tutu.

Yes.  This is turning out to be a Very Merry Christmas after all. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Little Bit of Snow - Time to pull out White Christmas

Well, the big news around here is the day (hours??) of snow we had last week.  The little girls were so excited and can't wait for it to snow again next year they said.  I thought to myself that next year may actually be 10 years from now in Texas but you never know with this crazy weather.

And I'm wondering if all that smoke and debris that is filling the California skies will make a difference in the weather.  Doesn't it block or contribute to certain conditions?  Weather is really amazing.  Sometime soon I need to do some reading about what affects our weather.

This past weekend we had a Pre-Birthday Party for the little Artist.  She will be 8 years old this coming weekend.  It is so nice to be able to send the Grandson and his Girlfriend (with excellent taste) out to buy the decorations and then put up the streamers.  Hahaha.  Made it all so much more enjoyable.  I guess that is another sign of aging.  I'm not as interested in doing all the decorating or fancy package wrapping as I did in earlier years.  Oh well.  It was still lovely and we had a great time.

The theme was "You Are Amazing" with Unicorn plates and napkins and table cover.  Streamers and decorations also hung from the ceiling.  And little cupcakes for doll tea parties afterward.

"Sisters, Sisters, There were never such devoted Sisters" ... Irving Berlin

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Blog Share on Walking the Labyrinth

I got a comment from Hillary of Crazy as a Loom and she had the cutest story to tell about Walking the Labyrinth.  I asked her if I could share it here on my blog and I have copied part of her post from this page

Back in 2007I took my two grandsons to Harmony, in Comstock.  It is a wonderful place, acres of wildflowers, and total serenity. And they have a labyrinth. I asked my grandsons, 7 and 10 at the time, to walk it, stay in the paths, and think about what it meant. The oldest one said, "I don't get it." The younger one, after a while, said, "Mimi, I think I know what it means." I said, "Yeah?? What do you think?" He said, " I think it is where you find the center of your heart."
I knew then that I had to build my own labyrinth.
So in 2008, I did just that.

If you click the link above there are pictures of the original Labyrinth and the new and improved Labyrinth she built.  AMAZING.

I looked at all those rocks and I couldn't imagine bending over to place them in perfect arrangement.  Hilary's back must be in a whole lot better shape than mine!!

She also has some pictures of gorgeous weaving she has done.   Click over and visit her if you have time.

By the way, I ended up going the wrong way again today.  I'm going to take that as a sign that I'm in too big a hurry these days and that I need to slow down and follow the path.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hearing Aids and Walking the Labyrinth

Big news first.  I ordered hearing aids today.  I can't really tell you about them because I am on information overload at the moment.  I will be reading all the material he gave me and next week when I go back to get them, I'll be able to discuss the process intelligently.

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And yes, they do come in different colors and I got mine in a slightly silver/grey color to match my hair since my hair is short but a little shaggy over the ears.  And another yes - one for each ear.  And yes, the price is per ear. 

The American way is to finance big purchases - and I did.  I'll be paying for them on the 5-year plan.  LOL.  They'll probably wear out about the time I get them paid off.  You can bet I'll be listening to the part where he tells me how to take good care of them so they will last. 

I didn't make it to Walk the Labyrinth yesterday.  I forget what was on the agenda but I was too busy and then I felt bad all evening that I didn't go.  Kind of like exercise class - you think you don't have time for it but then it nags at you when you don't go. 

St. Paul a la Chartres Design - LabyrinthCompany.com

I did go today.  The weather was wonderful and I was really proud of myself.  (Should I have been proud of myself?  I felt rather foolish thinking I should get an Atta Boy for doing what I wanted to do and something that was not difficult.)

Anyway, no one else has been near the Labyrinth when I have been to Holy Name Retreat so if I'm doing it wrong, no one else knows.  

St. Paul a la Chartres Design - LabyrinthCompany.com

I'm still trying to figure out what I am doing.  I can't really say why I am here.  Yet it feels right to me.  The complex is so quiet and soothing.  The grounds are lush but not overly manicured.  The statues, especially St. Michael, are comforting to me.  I tried to explain to my Grand Son why I was going and I couldn't find the words.  "Sounded kind of dumb" to him.  Then on the way home, I realized what I was doing - I was contemplating.   I was walking in a circle, talking out loud, my hands waiving, my mind jumping from prayer to request to observance, and my eyes (not always) on the path.  At some point, I did step over a line and then I was headed up the out path.  LOL.  It was nature, life, an exercise of a sort and a quiet chat with the head guy to see if he had any instructions for me. 

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I'm liking this Walking the Labyrinth.