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Friday, October 13, 2017

New Apt Photos and Feeling Fallish

Before and after.  A few things still have not found a home.  

Buddy sunning on the porch and sitting in the (what I call) German Ivy.  Note my cute Sloggers.  Perfect for early walks in damp foliage.

Life with two dogs.  My daughter's Dashund Chu and Buddy have finally got the leash business straight.  I was tangled up for most of the first week.  Both dog beds are in my bedroom, each with their own blanket.  Both dogs like to be covered so no sense fighting it.  Two beds.  Two blankets.  And many, many bones. 

As I said, not everything has a home.  My beloved ice maker (for making ice dyes)  is sitting on the floor beside my bed.  I'm not sure how it landed there but it is very heavy and I'm not moving it until I know where it is going.  (There is no space in the very small kitchen).  The kitchen is a whole other story.  

The outside view is typical of apartment complexes.  What I like most is the sidewalks.  The complex itself is very big.  I live in Section P if that tells you anything, and every little section has an area like this in the middle of the squares.  This gives me lots of room to walk to keep up the daily walking I'm supposed to be doing.  

I've reduced the pixels in all of the pictures so some aren't clear but they give you a general idea.  

With regard to Fall.  I love fall colors.  I also love all this dress my season color business.  I found a new color specialist I like who uses a little different approach than the months and I'm playing with it.  As many of you know, as you age - and gray - your hair color, eye color and skin color might fade.  The new system uses the tones and contrast in your hair, eyes and skin.  Hahaha.  Takes a lot of courage to post a naked face picture (naked body too but let's not go there).  When I get this system figured out I'll post my best colors and you can tell me what you think.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Did I Hear Right??

Dang.  I must be a style setter after all.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I'm Just Sayin'

I don't know about you but my autocorrect has been so bad lately that I'm thinking about turning it off and just making my own Typos. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

I'm at the New Apartment

I have (mostly) completed the move.  Still a few items to clean up at the old place but I am just too tired to do it right now. 

If you remember, I agreed to apartment sharing with my daughter sight unseen.  I knew she had good taste and would find the best deal within our budget.  Turns out that it is a really big complex, especially if you are used to living in a small garage apartment with a yard and rarely see other folks except when walking your dog. 

It is an older complex and I remember when it was hot stuff.  It is not a place I would have chosen but I like it just fine.  My daughter allowed me to take the larger bedroom since the Grand Girls will be sleeping with me on the pull-out mattress. 

I threw away so much and there is still so much I have to get rid of.  The shelves in my walk-in closet are full and I still have a tub or two to unpack. 

The dryer plug does not fit the electrical outlet so we are having that replaced.  It does have a washateria in each section so we are washing at home and drying downstains. 

The apartment has miles of sidewalks so Buddy and my daughter's dog Chu are getting plenty of walks even though it is not around the block.  Buddy has learned to ride in an elevator - first for him. 

My sleep schedule has changed again.  I am now going to bed at 9:30 pm and getting up around 3:00 am.  Not bad.  I can live with that but I am still napping during the day because the unpacking just wears me out.  Oh well.  I'm retired and I can do that if I want. 

I joined the YMCA near me and they have all kinds of Silver Sneaker classes, etc.  It will be a while before I get there.  I think I am getting plenty of exercise on my own at the moment. 

Just wanted you to know the deed is done.  I am in the new apartment and I'm enjoying it. 

I also realized I am going to have to change my banner.  Not sure what it will be but you know when you make one change it often begets more changes. 

I'll be back soon, new banner or not. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Here's a Good One

As I look through Pinterest for organizing ideas for the new apartment I've seen some good quotes.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I'm Moving

Moving on Up.  (insert The Jefferson theme song) Up to the third floor that is (there is an elevator).  Yes, it's true.  My daughter talked me into moving into an apartment with her.  She offered me a sweet deal on rent sharing.  She asked me about doing this so many times that I figured there was a secret motive.  Either I'm aging quicker than I think and she needs to watch over me or she wants her fair share of time with me since the Grand Girls and hence my son see me the most.

At any rate, I am going for it.  I have been packing for a week and the move is not until next week.  I am one of those people who have everything in a box properly labeled when the movers pull up.

Now remember that I have the worst sleep schedule.  So I have become a very flexible person during this process. (Frankie & Grace).  I sleep when I want for however long it lasts, I pack a box or two depending on my strength, sit whenever I feel fatigued (which is often), and then repeat in any order necessary.  I'll be ready before the movers and since my daughter is moving in on Saturday day and I will move on Tuesday (cheaper rates), I will move loose items like pictures (which there are many wall items) and Buddy and his blankets/dog beds over the weekend if I am up to it.

Buddy loves my daughter and is in her lap the whole time she visits me.  My daughter also has a dog and cat (yep, we paid lots of pet deposits - no refundable pet deposits).  My daughter's dog Chu has spent many nights over here so the dogs know each other.  However, the dogs living together and both wanting to be in my daughter's lap is going to be hilarious.  Ok maybe not from her standpoint.

I'm really going to miss my yard.  I have loved puttering around and calling it gardening.  I have especially relished the days of opening the door first thing in the morning for Buddy's outing and so many cool days we have left the door open so he could sit on the porch and watch the yard and my actions at the same time.  I do have a nice balcony and hopefully, I can put some chicken wire up to keep Buddy from sticking his body too far between the bars.

Want to hear something funny?  I haven't seen the place yet.  I  have seen the complex from the outside.  I know my daughter's taste and she knows mine so I am not worried.  I looked at all the pictures online and it appears to be a nice, neat apartment complex.  It is the biggest unit they have with a place for washer/dryer (extra charge) and designed in the roommate style with each bed and bath on either side of living room.

The area of town I live in now is the quaint, old, crafty neighborhood which is being torn down and huge townhouses built on the lots.  It is a walking/biking neighborhood and Buddy and I will really miss our walks (smells and tree watering).  The new neighborhood will be in a more uptown area with all the fancy stores and restaurants nearby.  The complex is oldish (if you call the 80s old) so better priced without some of the fancy doodle (wine chiller for example) needs of the working professionals.  There are dog parks and walking tracks near and a small fenced area in the complex.  Buddy and I will figure it out.

I suppose the night before I move the shock will set in.  Until then, I'm moving and a-groovin' at my own pace.  I'll send you pictures from the flip side (CB slang. Anyone remember that ... Breaker 1.9.)

Life is hard.  Life is messy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Closet Decluttering

I love to declutter my house but I always get stuck at my closet.  I saw this and thought -the perfect description of me.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Emergency Food Supplies

I was reading this pin from Real Simple magazine on Pinterest. This article about being prepared, food wise, for the various weather-related problems we face does not reveal any great secrets but as I realized when I went to the grocery shopping before Hurricane Harvey and I walked around in circles, when you're in the middle or within reach of some weather disasters, it is not always easy to think what to do.

So I'm posting this article so you and I can both find it if and when we need it.  If this Winter is anything like this Summer has been, we are all going to need to be prepared, at least, in the most basic ways.

Monday, September 11, 2017


So many of us remember 9/11 like it was yesterday.  Like we were there.  Like every loss was our loss.

My boss was in New York attending a seminar on  9/11/01.  I got a couple of phone calls from him to let the law firm know he and his wife were ok.  It was very hard for him to get a line out to call so most calls naturally went to their family.  He was not in imminent danger from the falling towers but as an asthmatic, he was having problems with the air.

Of course, nothing was running.  No planes, trains, etc.  He said you walked down the street and restaurants and stores were closed and everything was gray.

I started trying to find a way to get him out.  There were no rental cars available through the 800 number for the car rental agencies.  I had an idea that if I started calling locations outside of the city I might be able to find a car there I could reserve and then we would address the problem of finding a way out of town - even if he had to hire a taxi to drive him 100 miles.

I found a company, I don't remember which brand, that did have cars available. In fact, they had a car sitting at JKF.  I reserved that car as one alternative.  The airport was still closed at that time but I took a chance.  The next day some of the airport restrictions were lifted and he was able to get to the airport and pick up the rental.  He and his wife drove that car from JKF to Houston with as few stops as possible he said.

We didn't really talk about what he saw and knew about that day.  Sometimes all you want to know is that your friends or family are home and safe.  It occurred to me that in all the years we have never discussed this.

I feel bad being thankful that none of my friends and family were in the Towers or First Responders.

I feel bad praying that Irma didn't turn toward us.

The longer you live the more sadness you see.  It stays in your heart and you remember that sadness long after it is gone.