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Friday, October 22, 2021

Doc Martins!

I've had many years of watching styles change, especially for the younger generations.    My granddaughter is getting outfitted for the Homecoming dance at her high school.  Jeannie took her on a shopping trip that ranged from Sacramento to San Francisco, and they finally found a gorgeous kelly green dress, short, and very dressy.  She put the dress on to model it for me, and I asked her mom about what shoes she would wear with it.  Jeannie responded very nonchalantly, "Oh, her Doc Martins", as if to say, "What else?".  I've lived long enough to see styles change drastically, but am still laughing about wearing Doc Martins with a dressy satin dress, to a Homecoming dance!  For those of you who aren't familiar with the "Doc", here is a link to his line of shoes.  


Oh, to be young again!

Note:  I tried to click on the link but it didn't work correctly, and I had to copy and paste the link to the search bar.  Sorry for that.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

News I Can Use!

I saw my doctor this morning and came away feeling pretty positive.  She always has that effect on me.  She immediately put in an order for a walker (covered by my insurance, evidently), but seemed to think I was doing well other than the fall.  I'm hopeful that with a bit more attention to what I'm doing and the circumstances surrounding me, I can prevent future mishaps and worse injuries.  So my outlook for the future is getting better - which will certainly enhance my day to day life.

The weather has cooled down which I am so happy about, although we haven't seen the last of hot days - not yet!  I feel like I can deal with anything now, especially after finding out that I am in better health than I thought!   My eyesight is getting worse however, which means I need to pay more attention to my surroundings and to what I am doing.  It also makes it very difficult to see my black lab sometimes.

So I need to focus on the positives in my life!  Don't we all. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Books and Authors

I've been corresponding with my granddaughter, Ara, who is studying for her Master's Degree in Writing.  We've been discussing authors, and my all-time favorite is John Steinbeck.  Just thinking about it makes me wish I could go to the library and check out a stack of his works - I  guess "Grapes of Wrath" would be my all-time favorite, but I really loved all of them, including "Travels With Charley".  "Travels" starts out with the line, "You don't take a trip; a trip takes you!"   Remembering my many trips throughout my life, I can attest to the veracity of this quote!

I sure wish I could check out a stack of library  books, but my vision is just too poor these days.  And don't mention books on tape - most I've tried have been read so slowly and distinctly that I lost interest in the first minute or two.  I think that even the large-print would be difficult for me to follow now, although I should try it again.

My granddaughter, Autumn, needs a special dress for a special occasion, and since nothing could be found in Sacramento, Jeannie and the girls drove to San Francisco this morning.  I sure hope they get lucky!  San Francisco has always been one of my favorite cities in the entire world, but I sure wouldn't want to go there, or anywhere else, at this point.  I do hope I can leave the house for a few hours this weekend to go check on the status of the new house.  Moving in still seems like a long way off (a little over 2 months if we are lucky).

I don't know what to do about my balance and walking these days.  Even in my house I have fallen and the last time I really hurt my ribs  - they take a long time to heal.  There's nothing I can do except wait to feel better.  I would even look at getting a walker, but can't imagine maneuvering around a house with one of those.  If any of my readers has experience with using a walker, please write to me and give me your opinions, experiences, etc.  How steady are they?  I would hate to trip and fall, and bring the walker down over me!  Just the image of that happening has made me lose the urge to get a walker! 

Monday, October 11, 2021

An Accident-Free Weekend!

Thank goodness for a weekend with no problems, although I'm still suffering from the old problems!  At least it's a little bit easier when I have to cough, but I still hold my ribs when I do that!

It's been a boring weekend for Rocky and me.  I feel so sorry for him, especially.  A healthy 3-year old dog should be more active, as I am sure he'd  like to be.

The cooler weather we've had lately has been wonderful.  I didn't even leave the window by my bed open just a bit last night!  I like the fresh air blowing in over me, but it was too chilly for an open window.  Knowing how our weather can be, I'm sure we will have some hot days ahead, but for the most part, I think autumn is here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Another Accident

Last night I tripped over my own feet again, and fell to the kitchen floor.  Somehow in the process, I hit the ribs on my left side against the fridge.  Today I have been in some serious discomfort.  I don't know what the answer is - I can only get around my own house by walking, but it seems I can't stay upright while I'm doing it!  I'm now in some serious pain, although I haven't asked the doctor to prescribe anything for it.  Maybe tomorrow I will look into it.  I really don't want anything narcotic, although I doubt a non-narcotic would be much help.  I guess I should ask for something strong, and just sit back and enjoy the trip it might take me on, lol.  Actually, I would be more likely to get an adverse reaction and it would be a nightmare!

Jeannie and Arianna found a dog park for Rocky and took him back there this evening.  The dogs can run free, and usually group together by size and activity level.  That was my experience at the dog park where I formerly lived.  The big young studs don't really want to be with the older and/or quieter lapdogs, and vice versa.

I know I have a birthday coming up next month, but I honestly could not remember how old I will be.  I had to look at the date online to see what year it is, and subtract my year of birth from that!  I would have been perfectly happy not knowing, but of course I had to check it out!  Now I wish I had just let it go.

I hope I have a better tomorrow, and of course, I wish you all the best!



Sunday, September 26, 2021

Who Knew?

 I've always liked the scent of Irish Spring, but have been looking into other uses for the soap.  Moving into a new development as we will be in just about 3 months, I'm sure we will be displacing lots of small wildlife from the area.  I intend to try to get along with them (including the snakes), but I hope to deter sneaky creatures from ruining my proposed garden!  I don't mind sharing, up to a point! 

So it seems that the strong scent of Irish Spring is a deterrent to many critters.  We will see how it works!  According to what I read, you can sprinkle shavings of Irish Spring around the plant stems and they will keep them relatively pest free.  And it's all relative.  I'm sure I'm the pesky critter to all the other critters who would like to invade my garden!  I am really looking forward to growing a garden, as well as to provide some entertainment for the neighborhood critters!  You know they enjoy the game as much as we do.  But my aged brain doesn't stand much of a chance against a horde of critters!  I wonder how Rocky is going to react to it all.  He will probably ignore them when I'm not around, and then jump into action when I appear.  "I'm workin' for ya, Mom!"

I am so happy to see that daytime temps will be lower in the coming week, at least if you can call the 80's and 90's  "lower".

Saturday, September 25, 2021

To Blog or Not To Blog!

 I really plan to quit blogging!  But I have been writing about my day for years before I even heard the word "blog" being used.  I think it was called journaling, or keeping a diary, back in the day.

For some odd reason that I can't even fathom, I get a lot of satisfaction out of writing even though my efforts wouldn't hold up next to those of good writers.  Since I'm no longer traveling, nor does my life hold anything of interest these days, I should just stop!  But I can't seem to do it!  I tell myself, "ok, this is the last one"; and then tomorrow I think, "well, just one more".

So I will probably be writing an entry when I can no longer do anything else.  I appreciate and love all my faithful readers, and I want you to know that you don't have to read any more if you don't want to.  I no longer have much of interest happening in my life, but the urge to put it down in writing is something I can't explain nor can I stop doing it!

Memory Loss!

It's a terrible thing to forget things.  Yesterday I read something about a special use for a bar of Irish Spring soap; I was ordering groceries for delivery and included in my order, a couple of bars of Irish Spring.  This morning I couldn't remember a thing about what I wanted it for, and still have no clue!  I do recall seeing an article that included a photo of a bar of Irish Spring, a hole drilled in the middle, hanging somewhere in front of an open cabinet.  But for the life of me I cannot recall anything else about it.  I do like the smell of it, and might keep it around just for the pleasant scent!

I've never had any problems with insects or pests in the kitchen, but I think that is because my landlady has the property regularly treated for pests.  The Irish Spring just might be double protection!  Fortunately I have always liked the scent of it.  If anyone has a clue what this soap is good for, (other than a good bath/shower soap), please refresh my memory!


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

I Think I Quit ...

 I am going to stop writing and publishing a blog for now.  I may return if I ever get something joyful in my life again.  Reading my last few posts I can't imagine why anyone would want to read something so dispirited. 

So thank you all who have stuck with me for such a long time, and I may be back now and then if I have anything uplifting and positive to write about.  Love you all!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Just Sitting Around!

I am trying to avoid everyone so that means I'm staying in my bedroom most of the time.  It's spacious enough for a bedroom, but  living in it ain't easy!  The two dogs come and go, and it's nice to have a warm breathing creature around once in a while!  I think I mentioned my covid test was negative (no surprise to me - I am only around immediate family).  But I do have a really bad cold, with coughing and sniffles. My ribs hurt from coughing so much!  I feel so sorry for myself!

I just checked my mail to find a small box that I wasn't expecting.  The box contains individually wrapped cookies - 6 of them, all different, and they sure are tempting!  It turns out they were sent to me from my former boss, who now lives in Florida.  She and I worked together in Washington, DC.

I remember the joy of baking cookies in my younger years.  My mom let me bake from about the time I was 8 or 9, and my dad always had nothing but compliments for whatever I baked or cooked!  Just thinking about my dad makes me want to cry.  I sure do miss him!

So now I guess I will read all the advertising material that was in my mailbox!  Speedee Oil Change sent me a flyer about their services, and I intend to read every word of it, even though I no longer have a car!  Just imagine what I will be like in a couple of days if I have to remain in my bedroom pretty much to myself!


Monday, September 20, 2021

Where I am, Right Now.

I should bring you up to date on where I stand, health-wise.  I had a Covid test yesterday and I DON'T have Covid.  I do have really bad congestion in my chest and in my head, and all other complaints are minor.   The chest congestion and cough are the worst, and they don't seem to be ready to go anywhere soon.  I think I'm getting a chest xray tomorrow and I hope they can give me something to relieve the congestion. 

All the space in front of my fireplace and then some, is filled with boxes of Jeannie's things, her rocking chair and my rocking chair.  I just realized I can find a space to put the treadmill in, but I can't plug it in anywhere.  All the outlets are two-prong, and the plug for the treadmill is 3-prongs.  But Donald to the rescue, figured it all out and I will start walking on my treadmill tomorrow! 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

How times have changed!

Back when I entered 1st grade in about 1946 I had to have a smallpox vaccination, and I don't remember anyone fighting about whether or not to have their children vaccinated.   If you wanted them to go to school, vaccination was the rite of passage to that new world.  I just can't figure out what drives people to fight everything that comes along, even when their own health could be at risk, and the health of their families.

I can't remember the year the polio vaccine came out, but I got it, along with my younger siblings.  Probably no one would have insisted I get it (I think I might have been out of school already, or possibly in high school, but I just chalked it up to being for my good and the good of others.

 Maybe the answer is let people refuse it for themselves and their families if they choose, but they won't have my sympathy if their gamble falls back on them and they or a loved one gets the disease.  I just have no patience with people who want to fight everything that comes along.  I am not speaking about those who might have a valid medical reason, and not a "You can't tell me what to do" reason.  I can't work up much sympathy when a parent is on their deathbed and heroically tells people they should get vaccinated.  We are seeing more and more of that lately.  I stress that I am not speaking about someone with a valid medical reason to refuse a vaccine, if there is a valid reason.

I realize it is common for "old folks" to look back on the way things were better when they were young, but dang, I can't believe how negative and uncooperative people can be today.  They seem to have no respect for anyone, and that is reflected in many of the people they vote into public office.

Ok, I'm stepping down off my soapbox now.  But if you are anywhere within 20 years of my age, get the damn vaccine!   You most likely have already done that, because our generations were pretty smart, and didn't want to "cut off our nose to spite our face"!  (And how many readers have heard our mothers use that expression with us!)  And I just read today that a booster shot will soon be available to us "oldies but goodies", and you can bet I'm going to be in the front of the line!

Thursday, September 16, 2021


I have been asking myself lately, "Why should I go on like this?"  I'm really getting tired of the ups and downs of it all - the thought of moving into new space away from the city is an "up", but all the hassle with my health is certainly a "down".  I think the "down" far outweighs the "up", I'm sorry to say.  One health issue gets fixed and then another one comes up, and I'm simply fed up with it all.

If only I could drive I would leave this place and drive far away from everything and everyone I know.   Then I could just take life as it comes, and not try to "beat the system" by going to doctors, taking medicines, and then taking more meds to counter the side effects of the original meds.    When I write it down (or type it up) on paper I can see how ludicrous it is.

So I am going to try to start anew.  For one thing, I've felt so bad I never get up and move around any more than I have to.  That certainly causes negative effects on my health.  To start with, I will walk a mile a day on my treadmill until I feel it is safe to walk a mile outside on the cracked, broken pavement and streets.   Then I might raise the bar and walk 2 miles a day.  (I may be dreaming here, but I will shoot for the stars.)

Then I am going to try to take control of my life away from the medical people and put it squarely back into my corner.  I am not critical of medical people, by the way.  They are wonderful and most are very supportive.  But I don't want to need them to tell me how to live, or to tell me what is wrong with me.  I've forgotten what is right with me, and I need to get it back! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Gardening Plans

I am so looking forward to gardening in my new space, although I still have a few months to wait.  I'm looking at online catalogs and ordering print copies of some;  there are so many good choices I don't know how I will decide.  I think I will enlist Donald to help me as he is very interested, and he will be taking care of the plants when I can no longer do it.  There are SO MANY beautiful plants out there which makes it hard to select just a few.

I also bought some seeds to grow my own herbs - parsley, sage, oregano, thyme, and basil.  Those are the ones I use most often, at least I used them back in the day when I cooked!   Donald will put them to good use.  I've also been reading up on what to plant in order to attract pollinators to the garden.  I would love to hear of your experiences - those of you who like to garden.  I'm especially eager to find out what I can successfully grow in shade, as my side of the house will be in shade much of the time.  Depending on the cost, I may hire a landscaper or gardener to help me plan for what I want to grow.  And since there are several excellent garden supply houses in this area, I might be able to get some good advice from one of them.

I have always loved this time of year from the standpoint of garden planning.  What didn't work so well the past season can be forgotten and plans made to try something new and different.  I always hope for a good year ahead! 

And speaking of the new house, I am sorry to say I won't have a fireplace.  That is one thing I truly love when the weather gets chilly, and I have enjoyed using the one in my rental.  I believe Jeannie & Donald will have one or two fireplaces in their part of the house, and I think there is an outdoor fixture as well for having a fire.  As dry as  California is this year, and the drought is predicted to go on for at least four more years, I guess it's probably just as well to not have an open flame.

I think I will be very happy to get up into the foothills by the end of this year.  It seems the traffic is getting heavier lately, even on my side street which wasn't as heavily traveled when I moved in two years ago.  There is a middle school less than a block away, and I think they are building some new classrooms, so the construction vehicles are going by quite often.   I just want some peace and quiet, and few if any planes flying overhead, etc.   Is there a place like that in the entire country these days?


Monday, September 13, 2021

A turn for the worse!

After doing so well with my cancer treatments, I had a not-so-good experience with the one last Friday.  The RN was probably very new to doing this sort of thing and did not exactly exude confidence.  Probably making matters worse was another RN who lurked in the background while she was inserting the IV and again when she removed it.  He never said a word but was obviously watching her, and I don't know if he was supposed to be learning from her how the procedure should go, or if he was monitoring her work.  I sure got the worst of the whole procedure.  

I have two huge dark blood blisters indicating where she had tried several times to insert the IV; they don't hurt but they sure look mean!  I haven't felt well since I came home from the treatment, and have developed some minor symptoms which I realize probably have nothing to do with the IV.   I have been fortunate up to this point but now I'm worried about what is happening.  I did send a message to my oncologist, who has ordered a prescription for me - I haven't picked it up yet so I'm not sure what it is, but I hope it works!

I'm trying to keep optimistic and think good thoughts of the new house, but it sure is difficult to see the bright side right now.  I know my kids think I'm complaining too much but they don't have any idea what I'm going through.  I have every right to complain!

I just read that there is disagreement on what part of the population should be first in line to get booster shots of the vaccine.  Of course it should be medical personnel, and then nursing home residents.  That is how they broke it down for the initial injections of the vaccine, so why should there be any change at this point!

On the bright side is my gorgeous dog, Rocky!  He is so beautiful to look at, and his soul is beautiful as well.  He deserves better than me, and I realize I should never have gotten a puppy when I did.  I felt great then and had no idea what turning 80 would do to me!

I'm so happy to read the weather forecast for our area for the coming week.  It will "only" be in the 90's, which is almost like a cold front at this point!  Then we might possibly dip into the 80's by mid-week.  If only we could have a week or so of rain that might help to put out the fires burning north of here (near Lake Tahoe).  I'm looking forward to fall!

I hope tomorrow is a great day for all of you, and I can use a great day for myself as well!


Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Latest from the New House

We visited the house site this afternoon and I have some photos which are starting to look like our new home.   I apologize for the placement and description of each photo - I have never had trouble like this with blogger before when it comes to inserting photos.  I don't know whether it's something I'm not doing right, or a glitch in the program or computer.   I think you can figure out what you are looking at.   From the front of the house my space is straight back on the right, and looking from the back it is on the left.

The door to my home.

My Garage/Playroom

Back of house-my space on left
From my patio

Front-my space on right


I apologize for what is probably the worst blog entry I've ever posted!  My excuse is that I haven't been well the past few days, since my last cancer treatment.

I think I'll stop now and hope I can post an intelligent entry in the next couple of days!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Injured again!

Rocky did it again!  He got injured trying to play basketball.  He's being very quiet today, limps when he walks so he has been staying pretty quiet so I don't notice.  I think all dogs love to play, but Rocky is quite competitive about it and just adores being with people and playing their games.  It will heal in time, but today he is being very quiet.

I've been entertaining myself going over ads for plants and flowers, and trying to determine what I might like in my new yard.  It is still a little under four months until we move in, so I'm really trying to restrain myself from making decisions and ordering plants at this time.  Donald is excited about it as well, so I have a "partner in crime"! 

I'm also trying to envision what I might need to add to my space in the way of furniture.  When my ex died several years back, the kids kept a lot of his furniture, plus the furniture he kept that had been his parents' collection.  I don't want to buy "new" at this stage of my life, and I am thinking about what pieces I might be able to refinish, or even use "as is".  His mom always believed in buying quality pieces, so it has held up remarkably well for having been stored for several years since Bill passed away.   And well built furniture from the 1950's and earlier will last forever if taken care of.   I've been using a chest of drawers  that was Bill's, and the rest of his bedroom set is in my spare room; since Ara wants his bedroom set I will be glad to give it to her and re-use my ex in-laws' furniture.  It would be stupid for me to buy something new at this time.  My new bedroom will be the same size as the one I currently have, but there will be more doors including a patio slider, which will reduce the amount of wall space.  I just want to be moved and settled in, and it seems like forever.

I will be getting my second treatment for  cancer on Friday and hope it extends my life a few more years.  I doubt that it is a permanent fix, but it's worth it to not have any side effects whatsoever.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Back Home Again!

I'm back home after a wonderful weekend at son Steve and his wife's  (Meg) house.  It was fun to be with them, and Steve and I stayed up late each night talking over old and new times, and just catching up.  He's my 3rd (out of 4) child, and now has two of his own.  They have two great dogs and I really loved being around them as well.

With me being gone Jeannie, Donald, and their two girls were able to stay comfortably in my house.  I would gladly give up my bedroom and sleep on the couch if he stayed here with them, but he's been with his Mom and trying to help her get her house in order.  It's difficult and we still have until the end of this year before our new house is move-in ready.  We took a drive out to check the progress and it's coming along  nicely, although I wish it would go faster.  I am so excited about my "in-law suite" which will be exactly enough room for me and Rocky, and will suit us just fine.  I will take some photos next time I'm out there.

Donald and I are planning a wonderful garden in one corner of the property, and it is going to be a great way to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for our table.   My son (Steve) and his wife (Megan) have a house with an incredible array of garden produce and fruit trees.  If the weather cooperates we will be fortunate to have the best, tastiest, and most healthy food that we grow ourselves (and which are chemical free!).  I'm a lucky woman!

Last week I started the cancer treatments (infusions) again and it went quite well.  I'm starting to  feel better now than I have in a month or so, and I'm hopeful.  I realize the benefits only last about 2 years and then the cancer will probably come back, but I would like to do it this way for as long as I can.  It's painless, and has no really bad side effects - I still have my long thick hair, my appetite, and just about everything I hope for.  I am a very fortunate woman, and just hope my luck holds out until my time comes to cross over!

It is good to see Rocky again.  Jeannie had their dog (Tito) here and the two dogs  are great company for each other, even though they are so different in size.

I skipped a trip to Costco this evening (although I sent Jeannie with my list) and am staying here with the two dogs.  They are so sweet and such good company.  I'll have to say our family dogs are so special.  Steve has two, and Jeannie and I have one each.  Pets give us such unconditional love, and can read our minds especially when we're sad.

I've had a great weekend and hope all of you reading this have had a great one as well.   My family and our pets are my treasures! 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

I'm Off for the Weekend!

I feel so bad for Jeannie and Donald having to be separated - she is staying with me, and he is staying with his mom, not too far away.  So this weekend I invited myself to Steve & Meg's house for a couple of days.  Jeannie & Donald can live as a family should for at least a little while.  It is going to be very difficult for them until we finally get into the house.   Donald was here yesterday evening and I could hear him helping Arianna with her homework.  He is so sweet with the girls, who are reaching the age where they are sweet one minute and the exact opposite the next.

I start my infusions tomorrow for the cancer and I hope it goes as well as it did the last time I had them.  I think Joe is taking me this time, and he, Jeannie and Steve will switch off.  I feel like such a trouble maker! 

Meg and I both love gardening, and I think we will be visiting some garden centers this weekend.  I am trying to decide what I want to plant this time around, and how much space I can devote to a garden.  When you look at the gardening websites you can just imagine yourself growing and enjoying everything.  I'd like to try a few veggies I've never grown before as well as a lot of herbs.  Even though I don't cook anymore, Donald is an excellent chef and will be able to use whatever grows.

It has been wonderfully cool yesterday and today, but we will get back into triple digits by Sunday and the beginning of next week.  How I dislike the really hot weather!

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I'll be back soon. 

I just have to add a paragraph to describe what is happening at my house.  My granddaughter and a schoolmate of hers walk home from school together, and the friend's mom picks her up about a half hour later.  The two girls were giggling in the other room, and finally walked out with their long hair braided together on one side.  It is hilarious and I can't find my camera to take a photo of it!  It's very difficult to walk but they manage somehow, and of course, the giggling never stops when you have two 12-year olds!


Monday, August 30, 2021

Living With Others!

I've mentioned previously that until the new house is ready Jeannie and one daughter are living with me, and Donald and the other daughter are with his mom.  On the one hand, I love having other people in my house and it is very comforting to me that they are near.  On the other hand, it can sure upset a routine when someone else has a hand in it.

Jeannie is an excellent organizer (she gets that from her late father, God rest his soul, and she has organized my kitchen cupboards, fridge, etc., so that I can't find a damn thing!   I really don't mind, because at my age I'm just glad I have the company, and Rocky and I really love the chaos.  As the oldest of 8 kids and with 4 of my own, I've lived in chaos all my life and thrived in it.  But finding things in my kitchen has become a little more difficult.  As long as she doesn't touch my bottle of scotch, I'll keep my mouth shut, just grin and bear it!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Caldor Fire

The fire keeps burning and continues to cover thousands of acres in the mountains.  I took Rocky out very early (for me) this morning, and the air doesn't look very healthy - yes, you can almost "see" the air.  I didn't walk far as I noticed and felt the poor air quality.

At this time of year I get a lot of mailings from nurseries, offering sales of plants and seeds for the coming spring (2022).  I am so anxious to get started in a new place, and design and plant a garden.  I think Donald is getting interested too, and would like to have some input on what to plant.  He is a gourmet cook, and I'm sure I will have a really good variety of produce and herbs with his collaboration.   

Last year I grew tomatoes from seed, but this year I think I will buy established plants.  I'd rather grow from seed because I love watching the tiny shoots when they pop out of the soil, but it is a crap shoot as to how they will turn out.  Last year I had about 26 tomato seedlings and gave half of them to Megan (my d-i-l).  She has done wonders with her gardening this year and has really reaped a good tomato harvest.  I think I didn't enrich the soil enough or with the right enrichments, because nothing i tried to grow was very productive, if it came up at all.  What a let-down after my success last season.  I won't give up though, because it is such a joy to me to see any results at all.

I can remember years ago, when I was just a child, visiting my grandmother, whose garden behind their house was probably just short of a quarter of an acre.  I still see her in my mind, in the garden with some type of hand plow, and a mule pulling it along as it dug trenches in the soil.  I wish I had been more attentive to her gardening, but my favorite thing to watch was when she made biscuits every morning.  Those biscuits were heavenly when just out of the oven.  But I also ate them cold and leftover, which amazed her.  She saved leftover biscuits for when she made dressing (or stuffing as northerners call it).  When I was a bit older I often made biscuits myself, and although they couldn't hold a candle to my grandma's biscuits, they were pretty good.  My husband and kids didn't really appreciate them for the amount of effort I put into making them, so I quit doing it.  I think about it now and then, but probably wouldn't try it at this late date.  It takes practice, and a person gets better at it as they get used to handling the dough, and I have no one who would help me eat them now.  Not that I couldn't eat a half dozen fresh warm biscuits at a sitting, but I wouldn't eat them cold, and I certainly wouldn't make home-made dressing!

After writing about biscuits, dressing, etc., I'm tempted to go make a small batch of biscuits!


Friday, August 27, 2021

"Another "T.G.I.F." Day!

 Fridays used to be looked forward to, and weekends planned with fun things.  Those days are long gone for me - I just appreciate living each day at a time.

This wait until our move is getting to everyone, and it isn't easy for any of us.  As I mentioned, Donald is staying with his Mom and Jeannie with me, with the two girls switching every now and then.  With the current fire situation, I'm worried the air quality will be such that the construction workers won't be able to do much on our new house until the air clears up.

Speaking of the fire, it is further "up the hill" as they say, meaning up into the mountains and towards Lake Tahoe.  But we get a lot of air pollution from the blaze, even here in Sacramento.  I certainly think the firefighters are true heroes, and pray for their safety as well as their mental health.  Just looking at videos of the fire on the news brings me to tears over the devastation, and those who witness the destruction first hand won't ever be able to forget it.

For those who have never been in this part of the country, I can tell you that it is probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in all the world - nature at its finest.  Now we are seeing nature at its worst.  I always loved backpacking and hiking in the Appalachian Mtns in the eastern part of the U.S., and they are like an old friend.  The Sierra Nevada in the west are more dramatic and powerful in their beauty, but often foreboding as well.

I am ready to get back to the cancer treatments on September 3rd, and hope they can give me a couple years more of feeling well.   Then I will have to start the process all over again.  I wouldn't want it any other way though - the dr. mentioned there was an ingredient they could add to the cocktail they inject into my veins but that it had side effects.  I replied that I don't want anything with side effects, and I've never been sorry, so far.  The only thing I have is fatigue, and that's bad enough.  Fatigue with hair loss or constant upset stomach would be much worse!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

New Phone

 I am getting so tired of changes in technology, rearrangement of websites, and always something new.  I guess nobody else goes by the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"  Even writing and publishing my blog post is a challenge these days - I just want it to stay the same - easy to learn and easy to use - as it has been for a long while.  What improvement is made by changing things around just for the sake of change?  I'd be interested to hear from people who might like and look forward to the occasional changes.

I'm irritated because I got rid of the phone I had - way too many options for a person who uses their phone to make and receive calls and maybe to text and read messages now and then.  I opted to go back to a flip phone, and my son, Steve, set it up for me last night.  I like the phone, but when I wanted to make a call it wasn't all that straightforward.  I think once I get used to it I will really like it, but I don't recall having a problem with my first cell phone, a Jitterbug, touted as a cell phone for seniors.  That's all I want - a cell phone that works like a telephone - not a secretary to manage my life!  (I even went online and found that there are still regular old-style phones available.  The kind that sit on a desk or table, that many of us grew up with.)  I wish I had thought to look it up before I bought my new cell phone, although it would no doubt take having someone from the phone company come out and install the hook-up. 

I am so sad about the fires burning in the next county over, which is the county I hope to be moving to by the end of this year.  I can probably assume that the move-in date will be delayed - the folks who are working on the house might not want to go into all that smoke filled area.  The fire isn't to our new neighborhood yet, but the smoke is likely unhealthy to say the least.  Planes (tankers, I think) are constantly flying over my current house, no doubt carrying fire retardant, and the skies are hazy even here, about 30+ miles away.

The area burning right now is a special part of California, and the terrain, flora and fauna are beautiful.  Or at least they were - before this fire.  All my kids spent a week with their 5th grade class at a place called "Sly Park".  It was so special, and they learned much about the geology, geography, plants and animals, and the ecology of the area.  It has been a "rite of passage" for kids in the Sacramento area, and no doubt other areas of the state.  Now, I doubt if it will be replaced any time soon, if ever.

The stack of boxes in my living room has steadily been reduced - mostly because Jeannie has been advertising and selling a lot of small appliances and things from their old home.  She mostly does that on weekends, so nothing moves very quickly.  I grew up as the oldest in a large family (8 kids), and had 4 kids of my own; I have never been a stickler for a
"model home look".  Chaos has always been more of my style.  But I have had to look in the other direction many times in the past 4-6 weeks, as I know this chaos will pass.  I'm glad I've been able to "go with the flow" throughout my life, even though sometimes it felt like the chaos was going a bit too far and too fast!   And now this fire has caused me a lot of stress about the future move, but I feel guilty even thinking that.  The people who have had to leave their homes are the ones with a lot of stress!  My heart goes out to them, and to the precious wildlife who have lost their habitat, and even their lives.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Caldor Fire

In times of disaster it is wonderful to see where help comes from.  In the case of the fire burning in Northern CA, a nearby Walmart has offered a large chunk of their parking lot for people who have been displaced by the fire.  Cars, RV's, and tents are all welcomed, and different organizations are bringing food to those in need.

Our weather has been cooler since the fire and smoke block and/or diminish the sunlight!  A good breeze is blowing as well, which certainly helps the comfort level.  I haven't needed the a/c running for the past two days, but I think that will change by the end of this week when we will go back to triple digits. 

I took Rocky for a short walk this morning, and couldn't believe what has happened to the driveway at the nearby school.  Construction is underway for a fairly large new addition, and the heavy trucks pulling in and out of the school driveway have really torn it up.  It is certainly a hazard for me, and probably for many of the kids as well.  The entire street will need to be repaved when the construction is finished!  

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Visit to the house site

Today, Saturday, 8/21, we visited our new house site, and the construction is coming along very well.  The air is smoky from  nearby fires, but we were able to comfortably view the home.  This is my patio area, just outside my bedroom.  I will love being able to sit out on that patio and drink my morning coffee.

 Standing in front of my garage.  (Garage door to left of structure).  I have windows in my garage!  I think I've mentioned previously that the garage is going to be used as an art room by the kids and me, and will hold things such as my treadmill.

The house - my garage on right, and my kitchen, living/dining room, and bedroom behind it.  I will take pictures as the construction and finishing comes along, but this will give you a pretty good idea of what it's all going to look like.

My rooms are all behind the garage, all the way back, shotgun style.  It is small compared to the rest of the house, but is plenty big for Rocky and me.  I can use the living/dining and bedroom furniture that I have and won't have to buy furniture at all - maybe some lamps, but otherwise, I should be all set with a minimum amount to be purchased.

Jeannie's office will be upstairs over my suite -- you can see the three windows up there that will give her a million dollar view of the area for miles around!

This builder (Lennar) advertises the fact that everything is included, so you don't have to buy/add anything except your personal furniture.  I'm really looking forward to see the house completed and ready to move in.  Next time we are there I hope I can get more photos that will show it in a more finished state on the inside.  There is a closet that will hold a washer/dryer, and will be very convenient for me to use.  The kitchen space is small, but adequate, and Donald has helped me pick out some appliances that will be perfect for the space.  I don't cook these days, so I don't need an elaborate set-up - just enough to prepare my basic meals.  I also don't eat much, so I sure don't need to be bothered with a full, family-size kitchen!  It will suit me fine because I will have the space I need in my living and sleeping areas, rather than in the areas less important to me.  I basically need a place to plug in my coffee maker, and room for a small dinette set, plus cabinetry for food and utensils.  Oh, and a perfect spot for Rocky's dish!  And when I'm hungry, I will just go next door where my gourmet cook-son in law will feed me!

Speaking of Rocky, he's been limping this afternoon.  He won't let me look at his paw too closely, and I don't know what he did - if it's something he stepped on, or what.   I feel so bad for him.  He has certainly changed since he turned 3 yrs old at the end of May.  He no longer gets into things or destroys them while I'm gone, so I can safely leave him with the run of the house.

The Mom of a friend of Arianna comes by now and then, and yesterday she brought two of their four dogs with her, one being a beautiful black lab.  I just love the lab's temperament and easy going nature.  Of course they can find their way into trouble if not kept busy and challenged.

I mentioned the fires burning up in the mountains - we are getting a lot of smoke and skies are hazy, but so far they have presented no immediate danger to us.  We always pass a deer or two on the way up to the house site, and they don't seem to be skittish - the first time we drove around the nearby neighborhoods we passed a contingent of deer peacefully grazing at a crossroads.  I worry about the wildlife in the vicinity of fires, from deer to snakes.

Sorry to be so wordy this evening.


Fire in El Dorado County!

I am not sure how close our new house site is to the terrible fire burning in the county.  I don't think it is in our area - my son, Steve, and his family live close to where we are building, and he told me the fire is moving in the opposite direction.  I'm not familiar enough with the area to be able to say one way or another.  It's a horrible loss of property, forest, and wildlife, but so far I haven't heard that there have been human casualties.  Fires are to be expected in  northern California in the summer, and I think it will be worse for the next few years due to the predicted drought.  I am currently in a safe place, but it is terrible to hear the planes flying over constantly, no doubt to get water to drop on the fire.  I haven't heard many today but the past 2 or 3 days there has been a constant run of them.  I'm not sure where they are getting the water as every source is currently lower than usual, and I doubt if they would use ocean water - it seems the salt water would kill every bit of foliage and wildlife it comes in contact with, and the fire is doing just that.  The flames have consumed an area we have always looked to for recreation, boating and camping.

Today has turned out to be a beautiful day here in Sacramento - temps this week are predicted to be in the 90's which will be comfortable as opposed to the triple digits we've had lately, and will probably return to before winter arrives.

I had to have blood drawn this morning for a couple of my doctors, including the cardiologist and the oncologist.  The results all look normal except for one that is a little outside of the normal range.  The woman who drew blood did an excellent job and I only have a tiny red spot where the needle went in.  I haven't heard anything yet about a booster for the Covid vaccine, but I've reached the six-month point and I hope to renew the protection for the next six.

My life has been so boring since the first of this year, and the highlight of this week will be a trip to Costco this evening.  I always enjoy walking through Costco even when I don't need or buy much.   

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Spring Planting

I get so excited this time of year as I look over mail from flower & bulb growers, and try to decide what I'd like to plant this coming year.  It may be tricky because while were supposed to be in the new house before Christmas, the delays associated with the pandemic might push the date back a bit.  Most of the bulbs and plants I'm looking forward to growing will need to be in by early January.  I want to try some new things this year - as well as the tried and true daffodils and tulips.   My daughter-in-law, Steve's wife Megan, has offered to help me out.  She has done absolutely wonders with gardening this past year, including things I've never thought of as far as where to plant.  She has the standard garden, but also uses other available spaces that normally wouldn't have flowers and vegetables growing in them.  I think she's a genius, and I look forward to her helping me.

I've been getting mail and suggestions from Spring Hill Nurseries, and think I will go to them for all my plants and seeds.  Their selection and variety is astounding, and they guarantee everything they sell.  I wrote them a few weeks ago to ask some questions about their selection, planting times, etc., and they responded immediately.


I just hope I have the initiative and energy to do a garden this coming winter 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Fire Danger

 I would estimate that I live about 35 or more miles from the area where the fires are actively burning.  The smoke makes things hazy, and because it cuts off direct sunlight it is a bit cooler than it would normally be.  Planes are flying overhead every 10 or 15 minutes, no doubt carrying water and/or fire retardant.  

I could cry when I think of all the poor animals and reptiles that can't escape it.  I haven't heard of any loss of human life as of yet, and hope those who need to will all evacuate safely.  Jeannie smells the smoke although I can't because I've lost most of my sense of smell.   

We are in the first stages of a predicted five-year drought, and can only hope that there will be a break in weather patterns that will allow us to get some much needed rain.  I have also recently read that there will no doubt be water rationing in our future.  I have always tried to be frugal with finite resources, but I don't think my kids got the message.  Those of you who are close to my age probably experience the same - kids today have no understanding of what life was like before telephones in every house, or cars in every garage.  No television, videos, or electronic devices of just about any kind.  We played outside nearly the entire day, and had to come inside when the street lights came on!  In a way, it's a different life for each generation.  I'm glad for the experiences as well as the deprivations I had though.




Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Better than I Thought!

I just had a phone visit with my oncologist and it looks like I'm doing better than I thought.  I guess I'm not ready to "check out" just yet!  Sometimes how you feel depends on how you think you are doing, and I wasn't holding out much hope.  I'm going to do an "attitude adjustment" and see if I can get myself to a more positive outlook.  I have a lot to live for, but have to just keep my "eye on the prize"!

After so many days and weeks of extremely hot weather, it looks like we have a week in the 90's ahead.  That will feel a bit like a cool spell.   You  have to keep in mind that with so little humidity, the 90's can be tolerable!  But your skin dries up like a prune if you don't take good care of it.  I have always hated smearing oily and greasy lotions all over my skin since I was a teen, and I'm paying the price now for years of neglect!

 I just decided to take Rocky for a walk before it gets too hot.  I set the broom I was using against the wall, got Rocky ready, and picked up my hiking staff which was right next to the broom.  Of course you can tell what I did - I was out the door and halfway up the driveway before realizing I was carrying the broom instead of the hiking stick!   I often give myself plenty to laugh about.  Imagine someone seeing an old lady walking up the street holding her broom in one hand and her dog's leash in the other.  We had a nice walk and I need a short rest.  Rocky is already on the couch in his favorite spot.

I wish you all a good day today.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Heat wave!

I'm sitting here in the pleasant morning drinking my coffee, but I realize the day is going to get hot.  I went to a weather website to check it out and nearly fell over!  The temperature for the next week, starting today, will be:

109, 110, 105, 102, 102, 103 and 104!   Then we will revert to a cool and more comfortable stretch of days in the upper 90's.  Probably not quite hot as hell, but close!  And it's dry as a bone.

Yesterday Donald drove us all up to see the new house in progress.  My son, Steve, his wife, Meg, and their two kids met us there and it was a nice get-together.  Their house is fairly close to where ours is, which will be nice.  The house looks huge to me, and it is large; I am going to love my space!  I couldn't take photos because Arianna is using my phone until her new one is fully activated.  How times have changed.  When I was her age we had one wall phone in the kitchen area.  It was opposite the stairway to the basement, and my parents got so mad at me because I would stretch the cord so that I could sit on the stairs and close the door for some privacy.  I'm sure I messed up more than one phone cord.  Now, everyone in a family has his or her own phone, with no cords attached!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

New House Coming Along!

We went out to see the new house today, and I can actually see so much progress and look ahead to how it's going to be when we are ready to move in.   My space is absolutely perfect, and I couldn't be happier about it.  Just enough for Rocky and me, and not too much.  The kitchen space will be a great adjustment to make - it's actually just adequate to be functional, and without excess.  I think it will be all I need, and plenty at that.  I didn't take any photos but hope to get some from Donald or Jeannie, and by my next visit - hopefully one week from now, I will take many pictures.  We drove around the adjacent streets and I am really looking forward to moving in and meeting our neighbors.  There will be enough "Next-Gen" models that I hope to meet at least a few compatible folks.

I have been depressed lately at how my life is going - the cancer returning makes me a bit anxious.  But seeing the new place makes me determined to start feeling well again and get some enjoyment out of life at the new house.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Planning is Half the Fun!

I've been looking at gardening websites and can barely hold myself back from ordering plants, seeds, bulbs, etc.  I discovered that if I order bulbs which will be delivered in November, I can keep them in the freezer until I am ready to plant, which would probably be January, the month after we move into our new place.  There are so many gorgeous iris, as well as tulips, daffodils, etc., that I want to buy.  I will include Arianna in the planning and planting, as she will likely be the one to care for them when I can no longer do so or am not around.   I would also like to plant some flower seeds, as well as a few veggies.  But I will be moving to someone else's house, and I will be subject to their ideas about what they want in their yard!  I sort of wish I had my own place where I can do as I choose, but that time of my life is over!  I will have my own patio, but growing plants in the ground is my first choice - I cannot imagine a potted tomato plant!

The kids have started school and I think they are all happy to finally be able to go back to the classroom.  They also love being with their friends again - they did visit back and forth with a couple of them during the past year, but I'm sure they are happy to be back in a structured environment for a change.  Of course they wear masks while in school, and many of them keep their masks on whenever they are away from home.  I can't imagine what the past year must have been like for the kids - their whole world was altered.  Mine too!

I would love to see some rain for a change, but it seems that we are in the beginning of an approximate 5-year drought!  I've given up on gardening for the rest of this year - the tomatoes that I planted aren't the tastiest, nor did they grow to their full size.  The sun is way too hot for them as well and many of the plants didn't survive early summer.

I'm not giving up on anything, but will have to look at alternate ways of doing things in the future!  

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Another Hot Spell!

After a week of temperatures a bit lower, we're headed back into the 105+ range.  I can't describe how much I dislike weather this hot.  I haven't been able to walk Rocky for quite some time now, and won't be able to take him out for a while to come.  He doesn't even want to go outside in this oppressive heat that makes it difficult to breathe.

The new house is coming along with the second floor being framed in.  Jeannie & Donald drive out every week to look at the progress on the house, but they usually go late in the day and by that time I don't have the energy to go anywhere.  I'm determined to go the next time unless they have other stops in their plans.

I am looking forward to September when I can resume the cancer treatments (infusions), even though they take away all my energy.  I wonder how well they actually work in the long run - I'd be happy with two or three years of being symptom free.   The doctor offered me a choice to have another ingredient added to the infusion, but when she said it had a side effect I didn't even bother to ask what that effect would be.  It is sure to be hair loss or nausea, and I don't want either one.  Since I'm not in any pain I feel like I can make the choice, and if it shortens my life then so be it.  I still have a good enough quality of life, but I'm not afraid to pass on either!  I'd like to remain for Rocky's sake.  I wish I'd get my appetite back, although I'm not losing any weight, but not gaining it either.  I snack on a lot of junk rather than sit down to a decent meal, but at least I eat what I feel like fixing.  My younger self who always cooked everything "from scratch" wouldn't recognize me now.  Thank goodness for frozen foods in individual portions.

Speaking of cooking, my space in the new home doesn't really include a kitchen; just a small fridge, sink and a microwave-convection oven (I think that's what I'll have).  I bought an electric hot plate that is big enough for a large pan or skillet.  Since I rarely cook these days I won't miss the big kitchen appliances.  I think I've written previously that I will have a private patio, where I can sit and enjoy my morning coffee!

And finally, speaking of patio, I've decided I am going to buy myself some really nice patio furniture.  I've always used an assortment of odd pieces and used items that have been given to me, so I want to indulge in a nice, pretty, matched set.   Something that includes a chaise-lounge would be sweet!


Sunday, August 8, 2021

Losing It!

What I'm losing is control over my life, and I don't like it one bit.  Maybe someone else out there has the same thing happening to them - either adult children or someone in your lives taking over everything, telling you what you should and shouldn't do, etc.  I'm fed up with it, but I don't like confrontation so I put up with it for the most part.  But I do a slow burn inside! 

As I'm sitting on my deck writing this, a small bird flew over my head, probably missing me by an inch or so.  It then landed on the deck railing and perched there for a bit while I looked at it and tried to think what message he has for me.  He flew off into the trees as quickly as he came. 

This is the first time in a long while that's been cool enough to sit outside and enjoy the evening breeze.  I think we are returning to hot weather 24/7 later on this week however.

My sister and brother-in-law visited me today, and we had a nice 2 or 3 hour chat.  I really enjoy it when they stop by - they live up in Carson City Nevada, so I don't see them but about once a month. 

That little bird flew up to the top of a tall tree in my back yard, and is still there, flitting around and doing acrobatics, and then returning to the branch.  He must be catching insects in the evening air.

As I've mentioned before, the first 79 years of my life have been wonderful, happy, and fulfilling.  But oh that number 80 is a P.I.T.A. and I don't know if I'll make it to 81, or if I even want to.  It's just not fair.

Thanks for reading, if you've gotten this far, and I know a good night's sleep will do wonders.  

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

We're all vaccinated!

I'm so glad that all my kids and their families are now fully vaccinated.  Jeannie, Donald, and their two girls got their second shots yesterday and are a bit under the weather today, but they'll soon be feeling fine.  I wish they would announce availability of a booster - I was vaccinated in Jan/Feb of this year and it's now been about 6 months.  I don't think they really know how long the immunity lasts, but since I rarely go out of the house I'm not too worried.

I have a couple of medical appointments, but they like to make them remote via the computer.  I think it's a total waste of time, and absolutely useless. But at least I don't have to go into a waiting room where I sit in an uncomfortable chair until I can be seen.  I'd rather sit and wait at home! 

I will be so happy when the fall weather is here, as I've had it with summer heat!  The outlook is for more hot days in August.  Thankfully it gets down to the 60's at night and I have a wonderful cool breeze flowing in the bedroom windows.   I think the elevation change in our new location is only about 600 ft., but there is probably much less pavement to reflect the sun's heat.

I recently watched a video on productivity, using a planner, etc.  I don't know about you, but I have never found a planner useful in my life!  I write all kinds of notes and plans for my week, and within a couple of hours I'm already behind the plan!  Either that or I become obsessive about doing a task because it's in my plan.  I admit I just don't have the self-discipline to follow plans or rules, but I've been that way for 80 years.   No use changing now!  I do write things on a monthly wall calendar.  The calendar makes me so happy to use it as there is a different picture of black labrador retrievers on each monthly page.  Sometimes I just gaze at the pictures and admire the beautiful breed! 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Another sweltering day!

After a couple of fairly decent days (under 100 degrees), the temps are going back up.  I might have a heart attack when I see my utility bill this month!  I would like to just use a fan to move the air in the room that I'm using, but it's probably better to just turn on the a/c.  I don't want Rocky to suffer either.  He doesn't even want to go outdoors during the day once it gets really hot.

Jeannie sent me a photo she took of the building status.  I think I recently published a photo of the foundation, and now it looks like walls are up for the first level.  There is still a long way to go just to finish the build, and then the interior has to be finished.  I really wish it would be ready to move in before the promised date of Dec. 21, but they've only begun and a lot more work will have to go into such a large house.

I'm glad to see the air looks a bit more clear today.  I went outside yesterday and couldn't believe how thick the smoke was, or whatever was in the air that looked smoky.  I didn't smell smoke, but many older folks lose their sense of smell, and mine is just about gone!  Today doesn't look too bad, but it's still early afternoon.


Friday, July 23, 2021

An Outing for me!

Two days ago I went to Costco with Jeannie & Donald and it was so good to be out among people, even though everyone takes care to stay socially distanced and masked.  While I was one of the first eligible groups to be vaccinated, I still wear a mask around others.  I was vaccinated in Jan/Feb, so I'm anticipating notice that I can get a booster shot.  Thankfully, Jeannie, Donald, and their two girls also got their first vaccination, and it will be a relief when they are fully protected as well.  I was concerned about Jeannie and the vaccine because of all her autoimmune issues, but she had no problems with the first shot.  I hope her second dose goes as well as mine did.

With Autumn and Arianna here, my coffee table is stacked with their books.  They   remind me of myself when I was their age, and even as an adult when I could see well enough to enjoy reading.  That is one thing I truly miss about getting old and with waning eyesight.  I have been advised by many folks to try audio books, but I tried those once and my mind wanders because they are so tedious.  I've always been a fast reader, and the reader of an audio books speaks much more slowly and with great expression.  I just read fast with no expression (internally) that I can tell.  I listened to a part of an audio book and could have fallen asleep, it was so tedious and boring.  I then actually read the book which I found to be very interesting.

Steve, Meg, and their 2 kids are going to be gone next week, and asked Jeannie to stay at their house and take care of their two dogs.  It will be very quiet around here while they are away, especially for Rocky.  I may try to walk him a bit in the evenings.  So far I haven't walked any further than the mailbox!  I will have to constantly look where I place my feet, and try to avoid/be careful of cracks in the pavement, uneven pavement, etc.  We are in for another hot week of temps in the triple digits, so the walk will have to be done either very early in the morning or early evening.  I will be so glad when fall weather arrives.  Summer has never been my favorite season - I always loved spring, which we didn't get much of this year.  As my kids were fond of saying when they were younger, "You take what you get, and you don't pitch a fit!"  Speaking of walking, I walked a half mile on my treadmill last night.  I have doing way too much sitting with no exercise, so my legs hurt enough that I stopped at the half-mile mark.  I'll try to increase that today and then walk every single day (with a day off during the week for good behavior).

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Washington, DC

My oldest grandson, Joshua, who is Mike's oldest son, is finishing up a week in Washington, DC  where he has been attending the National Youth Leadership Forum.   Mike is a graduate of George Washington University in DC, so  he knows the city well.  The family will meet up with Josh after his completion of the forum and they will visit some of the many monuments and memorials.  (Actually there is only one monument, I believe, and that is the Washington Monument; the rest are all memorials.)   

When I lived in Falls Church, VA, across the Potomac from DC, I loved getting up early on a Saturday and driving into the city.  I had my choice of parking spaces along Constitution Ave., which were free on weekends. and I loved spending the day there exploring the sites and especially going through the Smithsonian buildings.   I always visited the Vietnam Memorial and have always been touched by its power, for all its simplicity.  The design is brilliant and the experience is so moving,  for all the crap the designer of the memorial had to endure.  I think the designer was a woman of Vietnamese descent, which could explain some of the original animosity towards her, but you can't get away without shedding a tear.

The weather is hot again today, and I will be so happy when the temperatures drop a bit - down to 90 would be fine with me.  In the 80's would be better!   I finally gave in and turned on the A/C and closed the windows.  It's a shame because it's breezy outside, but breezy hot air isn't very pleasant!  It's a shame that so many areas of the world are flooding, while we are dry as a bone and extremely susceptible to fires.

 image placeholderNational Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): National Security - Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Pros and Cons

There are always pros and cons to every situation, decision, etc.  The pros and cons pertaining to my upcoming move go through my head constantly, but the cons always jump out at me!

I won't be able to walk to anything.  To get to a store, vet, etc., in my present location is about a mile & a quarter, a 25 or30 minute walk (and the same when I walk back home).  That doesn't seem like much, but in my present condition and state of health it is a lot, although it would probably be the best thing I could do for my health!  Walking for my health (and of course, Rocky's health) will be the only kind of walking I will be doing in the new location.

I love the idea of living with/close to my daughter, but perhaps I'd be better off in a community of seniors where I'd have company of people who I might be more compatible with.

I was born in November of 1940, and those of you within 5 or 10 years either way of my age, will understand that we are entirely different from those who came along after us.  A 50 or 60 year old probably has no clue - and I'm not being judgmental - a person 40 years old or younger wouldn't have a clue about the 50-60 year-olds!  We all have lived through different times, different governments and world situations, different economic times as well as different economic levels in society.  My being born in 1940 has shaped and defined who I am, and there is no getting around it - I'm different than most generations alive today.   There are also differences in liberal/conservative thinking, and you can probably guess where I fall in this category, if you have read most of my posts over the years.  I'm wildly liberal, but can get along with wildly conservative folks who are open minded and agree to disagree.  I confuse a lot of people, including my children and younger siblings, because I'm socially ultra liberal but personally ultra conservative.  I hate to waste anything, although I don't feel like I was deprived as a child - and all my friends were mostly in the same boat.  My mother-in-law was fond of saying that we are "going to hell in a hand-basket"!  And we probably are.

I'm sure some of you will find that you and I are very similar in our backgrounds and our thinking, and some of you have had entirely different experiences in your lives.  In the blogger world, however, we can find common ground or we probably wouldn't be reading each others' blogs!

Enough philosophizing!   Our life spans get shorter each day, and we cannot do a thing about it except to make the best of and enjoy every minute of every day.  I hope I've mostly done that, and I can honestly say I've had an extraordinarily wonderful life and family.  I'm also grateful for the few, close friends I've had over the years.  Also for the many wonderful acquaintances who go in and out of our lives.

I find that as I get older I become more appreciative of life, friends, acquaintances, and opportunities.  I'd love to hear how you feel about this.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Happy Birthday, Donald!

Anyone who is familiar with my posts knows that Donald is my wonderful son-in-law, and today is his birthday.  He is good to all he meets, and I don't think I've ever heard a cross word from him.  He treats everyone as he wants to be treated.  I wish him happiness today and every day!

On another note, Arianna has brought in a large tub with 7 or 8 potted plants she is growing.  I think I have found a gardening partner!  We will have to cultivate a small plot and go over garden catalogues to plan next year's crop at our new place.  We both grow a lot of house plants, but I'm hoping we can also get into the fruit and vegetable category.  There is a certain joy in going through gardening catalogues, and having someone to share the joy is going to be a special treat for me.  I'm pleased to find things to be happy about in regard to the move.  Moving isn't a pleasant experience for me, but I think this one will be good and I hold out lots of hope!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Moving is a pain!

Jeannie & Donald sold their house a while back, and as I mentioned, Jeannie lives with me and Donald is staying at his Mom's house.  The girls go back and forth.  Jeannie had to move a lot of stuff from their house and garage because they sold their house so quickly, so my carport and house are full to the brim.  Little by little she is selling and giving away items they don't want to keep, but there is still a lot in my carport and living room.  Luckily I don't mind living in chaos for a while.  I can dispose of my extra items a bit later since we won't be moving into the new place until just before Christmas.

And I will have a garage, which I am happily planning to use for things other than a car.  My treadmill will go there as well as a few other things Jeannie won't want in the house.  I will have a very small space for myself, which will suit me fine, if I can use my garage space to my advantage.  My art table will also go into the garage - all the younger children love that desk/table, and I'm sure it will get a lot of use for years to come.

I know there are going to be lots of things I won't be able to move, but will face getting my possessions pared down during the next few months.   Right now Jeannie is placing ads for items she no longer wants, so I will wait until a bit later to try to dispose of my unnecessary things.  And I really don't like getting rid of things I've used and enjoyed.

I've been here for about two years now, and it has suited me very well.  I won't miss it when I'm gone, though.  The only place I've ever lived that I wouldn't mind going back to is my mobile home.  It suited Rocky and me perfectly, and the mobile home park was ideal for dog walking and friend-making.  But you can't go back, and I'm ready to go forward, probably for the last time.  It will no doubt take some adjusting on my part, but I am very positive about the move.

One thing I won't have and will miss is my fireplace.  I think there is a fire pit in the back yard area - don't know how it works or what it burns (wood, or ?), but it will be nice in the cool evenings.  So far we have only been able to view last year's model home, and I think this year's is pretty much the same except for being a bit larger.  I'm anxious to go back and see it again, and maybe take measurements.  And I will try to keep my mouth shut and not complain about anything!


Friday, July 16, 2021

Doggie Manicure

I am taking Rocky to get his nails clipped this afternoon.  He absolutely hates anyone touching his paws, so he has to be sedated in order to get the trim.  I feel so sorry for him as he looks drugged up and doesn't know what's going on.  His nails are totally black so the "blood line" isn't visible, which means they won't cut very much off.  I'll have to take him back in 3 or 4 weeks for another trim, which by then, won't show much of a difference.  Not driving makes it so difficult to go anywhere or do anything!  Cherish your eyesight while you have it!

I still haven't turned my a/c on but it won't be much longer until I need to.  The greatest thing about Sacramento summers is that it gets very cool overnight and the cool lasts until at least mid-day.  Usually.  The grass looks like yellow-brown straw, unless you water it daily.  I have concerns about water in what is predicted to be a drought year, so I don't water anything except my house plants and my tomato plants.  Most of the tomato plants are a bit "iffy", but I'll probably get a few to pick.  

Speaking of the a/c, it came on at 1:30pm.  And that's all for my exciting life today!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Noisy morning!

All morning I have heard noisy jet planes flying over my house at low altitude and wondered what was happening.  A quick search on the internet answered my question.

As you might be aware, there are a lot of wildfires burning in California right now.  Lack of rain for so long and the hot dry weather makes for a tinderbox, so it seems that planes are coming in from all areas to help drop retardant on the flames. 

Now I feel guilty that I was so upset about the noise,  but my attitude adjustment results in welcoming all the fire fighting planes that we can get!  Bring on the noise!

This is going to be a long, hot summer!