Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Writer's Block


One thing so interesting about the blogosphere is how we go through similar things while we live in different places, have different lifestyles, pursue different dreams.  More than one of us have posted that they didn't have anything to write about or asking what we wanted to hear about.

I think after the long hard winter we were all so excited for any semblance of spring we overloaded ourselves with mental stimuli.  Then, as we got accustomed to better conditions and went crazy with yard work, we sort of lost our creative momentum.  Now what to write about, we thought.

Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

So interesting don't you think?

Just been taking it easy

A picture of me and Granddaughter #1 walking my dog Buddy.
(She scotch taped the picture to the wall if you are wondering about all the tape.)
(Look at the smile on Buddy's face!)

I've just kind of been coasting lately.  Feeling content and lazy and nothing in particular to talk about.  Then Granddaughter #1 came to stay for a week.  

We walked Buddy every day.  I've told you how Granddaughter #1 loves flowers, and sticks and stones.  We always come home with a handful every trip. She and I have taken walks since she was a little thing.  We call them nature walks and we look and discuss anything that seems interesting.  She loves seeing a new flower or plant and makes such a big deal of it.  It is so thrilling see the world through her eyes.

We went to the library twice and read a few books but not as many as other trips. She spent a lot of time playing tea party. My friend bought her some theme paper plates and napkins and Granddaughter #1 had the coffee table set up with a place for all the dolls and stuffed toys.  

I have a roll of gift wrapping paper that has been taking up space near the kitchen desk for quite some time.  She asked to play with it and has entertained herself for hours wrapping boxes and anything else she could find.  It turned out to be an fun and inexpensive way for her to entertain herself for long periods of time.

I've slowly been trying to put things back in place.  The problem is not that she is so messy, it is that I keep bringing home more than we have space for.  As soon as my back has recovered I need to go through her chest and see if I can donate or pack some of the things she has outgrown.  

I've been working in the yard moving plants around.  I have a couple of bushes that have become too leggy and so I moved a dozen plants around.  I timed it pretty well and quit working in the yard just in time to keep from hurting myself. 

Well I guess I'l stop here.  The weather woke me up around 2:00 am.  We are just now getting that heavy rain that plagued Austin and San Antonio.  I couldn't go back to sleep so I thought I'd chat with you.  Now I'm feeling relaxed and ready to give it another go.  

Famous last words from Arnold ... "I'll be back."


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My daughter posted this about me


Friday, May 1, 2015

I read Blogs to learn how you live and to gain knowledge through your life lessons

Peanut on the Table introduced me to a new word on her blog today.  The word is Lagom.  It is a Swedish word meaning - Not too much, not too little.  Just right.

With spring we always talk about decluttering, clearing out, down sizing.  Aren't we attempting to reach "just right?"

From now on I will use this word to moderate my life.  I will also use it as a ruler against which I measure the satisfaction I feel about my life.  I do feel my life is close to "just right" and I didn't realize it until I understood Lagom.    Thank you Tammyj.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

A little Cat Excitement




Yesterday my neighbors cat climbed one of my trees.



Of all my trees, she picked the one with no branches reaching to another tree or the roof.  


You can barely see her in the top of the left hand tree.  
Now compare the distance from where she is sitting in the fork of the tree to the roof tops below her


My neighbor came over and we spent hours and hours trying to talk her down out of the tree.  I wanted to call the fire department but my neighbor thought she would come down on her own.  I said ok but if she is there tomorrow it is fire department time.  When I went to bed I left the front porch light on so she could see to get down.  I check again later on and she was still there.  

I was listening for the sound of firemen and big ladders when I woke this morning but no noise.  I jumped up and ran to look and she was down.  I haven't seen my neighbor yet today so I don't know what she knows about how the cat got down.  

It was one really worrisome day yesterday.  



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just a little hint

Free shipping is included with Amazon Prime's 30 day trial free trial offer.  If you are ordering Mother's Day, Birthday gifts or anything like that off Amazon, this is a great time to try Amazon Prime for free and get free shipping on the present.  (You can cancel the membership after 30 days and you will have gotten your shipping for free.)  I did that at Christmas one year but then I decided I wanted to keep it and I've used it for several years.

I order large quantities of toilet paper and dog and cat food off Amazon and have it delivered to the house.  Still have to lug it inside but saves a little work.

I also get some free movies with Amazon Prime and they also have some type of music offer but I haven't tried that yet.

I do have Amazon Prime membership and I like it. I have a free trial widget on my sidebar but I am just a fan of Amazon Prime so no selling pressure intended.

Staples is also having an online sale on Sharpies which we use a lot around here.

There is a mailing fee but you can have them shipped to the nearest store for no handling or mailing fee.  These are online prices only so you either pay shipping or drive if you want to get these prices.  I pick mine up at the store which is on my way when running errands.  Saving postage makes them much more affordable for me.

Here is one offer:

24 pack for $12.50 - click here.

I actually ordered this 24 pack for $10.  click here.

I don't get anything if you buy either of these Sharpie packages.  It is just my grandmotherly duty to share a good deal.


A Great-Grandmother by any other name


Flashback to family fishing vacation

Nana Diana posted a cute story about children combining words and it reminded me of something Granddaughter #1 said.

My mother lived a couple of hours away when my grandgirls were little so she didn't know the girls very well.  When Mother got sick she moved back to our area and I would take Granddaughter #1 to see her.

#1 was talking but it was a little hard to understand (at least to my hard of hearing ears).  I would tell her as we were driving to Mother's that we were going to see Grandmother Christine.  After a few trips she started talking about Machine.  Hahaha.  She somehow combined Grandmother and Christine and got Machine.  I thought it was kind of cute but I don't think Mother appreciated it.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Night with Netflix and Popcorn



We watched the movie Noah with Russell Crowe last night.  Huh?  I didn't get it.  I don't expect biblical movies to be right on point.  A few are close.  Most are not.  And Russell Crowe as the biblical character Noah?  I like Russell Crowe.  I think he is a hunk is a certain kind of way but biblical - no, not so much.

And I'll admit I'm going to have to do some reading and some research on this subject, but I'm thinking an awful lot of liberties were taken.



And how about Christian Bale as Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings.  Sorry Christian but you are just not Moses material.  And the story, not as supernatural as Noah but didn't quite work for me either.  

Charleston Heston he had the right flair.  

I don't often go to the movies and I did pay to see Exodus.  Not so happy about that.  Luckily Noah was on Netflix so nothing lost but an hour.  

Have you seen either?  Did you like either or have the same type of impressions?