Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time Flies

I could say not much happening in our world.  I could say our world is very busy.  Somewhere in between lies the truth.  However, not much is exciting or interesting to readers.

On the other hand, we are VERY excited that I'm in physical therapy and doing great.  I knew that walking was almost impossible if the "trip" was further than the mailbox.  My first day in therapy was a shocker!  My right knee would not straighten all the way and the left knee wasn't far behind the right.  After just three therapy sessions (1 1/2 hour each) and many repetitions of on-my-own exercises I'm much improved!  I'm scheduled to be in therapy twice a week until the second week in December and at that time I expect to be released.  At the last therapy session (this past Thursday) I walked on the treadmill for just two minutes and the doctor stopped it.  He told me that I need to further strengthen the tendon that holds my kneecap to prevent possible injury if I should trip.  I have no illusions about running a marathon but I do want to play golf again.

The past three years has brought me to the conclusion that we experience much hardship in our younger years to make us strong enough for the winter of our life.  I've said before and I'll say again, "Getting old is a rough road."

Now to move on to other things.  The family is doing well.  Keith still has some healing ahead before he's 100% but he's doing well.  The grandsons are growing up and becoming more and more mature.  I miss their babiness (is that a word?) but am proud of their progress.  We certainly wish our other grandson and granddaughter were close so we could enjoy their progress.  I'm one old lady who loves babies and children. 

Harry and I haven't thought about travel since we went to Memphis for the reef trade show.  He's been building electronic monitors for the tanks and I've been watching in awe.  He buys lots of little thingies with different colored beads on long wires and little green boards with holes in them.  Somehow he turns them into functioning electronic monitors.  That's his world.  I'm just a by-stander.

Is this the point that I can say I've managed to loose more than 50 pounds over the last 6 months?  Well, I have.  Can you say new clothes?  WAAA-HOOO!  Do you know how much I hate shopping?  A LOT!  Old lady clothes are a drag and young lady clothes are out of the question.  In-between styles are just not me.  That leaves jeans, tees, and athletic shoes.  They are my comfort attire.  I have no desire to be a fashionesta. 

I haven't posted much for the past few months.  I wish I would do better and will try.  I do read blogs every morning with my first cup of coffee.  I may not say much but you are in my thoughts every day and I wish you only the very best. 

Until next time, thanks for remembering me.

Friday, October 28, 2011

No Title

It's a rainy day in NE Aabama.  Cool but not unplesant.  Everyone here is doing better.  Keith is getting stronger every day and everyone is releasing the tension we felt for several days.

I think I posted that Keith's path reports were good.  God showed us mercy and allowed us to go forward with happy hearts.

I don't have anything much to write about so I thought that I'd attach this little ditty that I received in email this morning.  You may have already seen it a hundred times but here it is anyway.

> APHORISM: A SHORT, POINTED SENTENCE THAT EXPRESSES A WISE OR CLEVER OBSERVATION OR A GENERAL TRUTH.
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> 1. The nicest thing about the future is . . . that it always starts tomorrow.
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> 2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
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> 3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.
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> 4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
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> 5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
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> 6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
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> 7. Business conventions are important. . .because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
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> 8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?
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> 9. Scratch a cat . . . and you will have a permanent job.
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> 10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.
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> 11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.
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> 12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. - like, it could be the right number.
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> 13. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.
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> 14. I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.
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> 15. Be careful about reading the fine print. . . . there's no way you're going to like it.
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> 16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.
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> 17. Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? > (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)
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> 18. Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo.
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> 19. After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.
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> 20. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind . . . . and the ones that mind don't matter.
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> 21. Life isn't tied with a bow . . . . . . . .. but it's still a gift.

Have a happy day.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Good News in Our World

We really do appreciate the prayers that have been offered on behalf of our son Keith and his family.  The pathology reports are back and we have been blessed with wonderful news.  The cancer was successfully removed from his bladder along with a portion of the bladder's lining.  The tumor was cancer but the margins were clear.  The doctor told Keith that they would discuss future plans at the appointment on Tuesday. 

Keith is doing pretty good given the procedure and stress.  He came here yesterday for Sunday gathering but didn't stay very long.  I don't think he understands that surgery is more than just the procedure.  There's a recovery period from the stress and medical stuff.

I'm painting one of our bedrooms.  It's my first big project in over two years.  It's enjoyable to see the paint go up but I'm one tired old gal. 

Later, my friends

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yesterday's Outcome

Just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the prayers.  Keith came through the surgery very well.  The surgeon said that from all visual appearances the growth wasn't a more aggressive type and probably not cause future issues.  Of course the mass and tissue were it was attached were sent to pathology.  The results will not be back until early next week.  Keith is home, as comfortable as can be expected, and in good spirits.  For now, the outcome is very good. 

I had trouble getting to sleep last night.  My mind just wouldn't shut down and every muscle in my body was ready to spring.  I saw 3:22 a.m. on the clock.  I woke up at around 9:30 and feel much better than I have for the past few days. 

We are thankful for the outcome of the surgery and praying that the pathology reports are exactly as the surgeon expected.

Once again, thank you for caring and your prayers.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Another Crisis to Face

The boys fall break was the week before Columbus Day and they took their parents to Panama City Beach for five days.  Below is a picture Daddy took of Mommy and the boys.  Left to right:  James, Jesse, and Mary. 


This is a pic Keith took yesterday of himself and Jesse.  They built a camp fire in their fire pit and cooked lunch after church and before coming to our house.



Jesse is as tall as me (5'1") at nine years old.  It's probably not unusual for a nine year old to be that tall.  I just notice it because I'm short.  Very few folks are short as me.

The news from our corner of the world isn't great.  Keith is undergoing surgery on Wednesday of this week for cancer.  We're all concerned and praying for a good outcome.  Beyond that, we just have to leave it in the hands of a higher power.  We would appreciate all thoughts/prayers for the best outcome possible.  I'm pretty worried but doing well. 

Since I really can't think of anything else to say, I'll sign off for now.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Moving Right Along

Things have been busy here.  Harry and I went to Memphis for a reef keepers shin-dig but not to Beal Street.  Darn it all.  He said it would be too much for me.  Never mind the facts - I just wanted to listen to the blues.

I've been working towards re-doing the room that was left open (not empty) when Joe moved out.  Progress is very slow - but progress is movement in the right direction.  I'm concentrating on the closet right now.  It has a new coat of paint (walls and trim), carpet removed, tack strip out (Harry did that for me), and toe moulding removed.  I still have to paint the baseboards; clean old paint off the toe moulding and put a new finish on it; and clean the hardwood.  Then I'll have an empty space ready for organizer, racks, and cubbies.  For me, a closet is the hardest thing to re-do. 

The boys and their parents went to the beach for fall break.  Jesse came back  with a bad case of swimmer's ear.  Tomorrow he'll see the doctor and we'll go from there.  Jesse just turned nine and Keith will turn eight at the end of the month.  Jesse is tall as me now and James isn't far behind him.  How time does fly!!!  Everyone, please note that grandchildren seem to grow up much faster than your own kids.  Take every opportunity to spend time with them,

Kitty has been such a good girl since her foray into the linen closet that I canceled the lump of coal.

Take care and enjoy every moment.  My best to everyone.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

NOT Just Another Day

Last post was 9 August - It's already 22 Sep.  Have I been silent that long?  Yes, I guess I have.  Just goes to prove that nothing - absolutely nothing - worth writing about ever happens in my world.

It's nothing earth shattering, but let me tell you about the kitty that is getting a lump of coal in her stocking this Christmas.

Night before last said kitty decided to sleep against my shoulder and half on my pillow.  I woke up at 3:30 uncomfortable and aggravated.  I got up, made coffee and began my day.  (I've been making window coverings for one of our bedrooms.)  Because I was wrapped up in my project and because I'm not at all opposed to leaving our bed unmade I didn't look at the bed until we were ready for bed.  Yuck!!  Cat hair all over my pillow and sheets.  No way was I sleeping in that mess.  I stripped the sheets and went to the linen closet for fresh sheets.  That's when the drama began.

Now, I always thought that my linen closet was probably the neatest closet in the house.  I proudly opened the door and reached in.  Nothing looked the way it should.  Not really, anyway.  At a glance all was well but on closer inspection I realized that everything was pushed to the front of shelves.  The sheets seemed to be in disarray at the back of shelves.  Blankets were lumpy.  You get the picture.  The kitty-in-disgrace had been opening the door, climbing behind stacks of linen, and leaving copious cat hair behind.  When one place was haired over she just moved to a clean place and repeated the process.  At some point, she fluffed blankets, curled up on them, and added another layer of warmth.  (I did have a set of clean king sheets in my donation stash because they are not a fit for our thick mattress.  Just one of the things to be thankful for.)

I have to admit that since I've gotten lazy I have been stripping the bed when I get up, washing the bedding during the day, and putting it back on the bed before bedtime.  No folding sheets.  Good deal, huh?

Today I took everything out of the linen closet.  Sorted all the sets, washed part of them, and readied a sizable donation of almost new sheet sets.  I have way too many double bed sets and only one double bed.  I'm keeping three sets and donating nine.  The donations are ready to go.  Tomorrow I wash, fold, and return the rest of my linen to the closet.  I might add that Miss Kitty, will not be able to open the door in the future. 

That was my day.  How was yours?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Short Trip

Finally something I can blog about!!!

Harry and I had a couple of trips planned.   I became worried that I wouldn't "hold-up" to make the trips since I still have some residual issues.  I told Harry about my concerns and we put our plans on hold until I felt more confident about travel. 

On Wednesday, early afternoon, Harry turned from his computer and asked me why we didn't do a "trial run" to the coast.  He thought we should leave on Saturday.  I guess he didn't want to give me a chance to worry myself out of a short trip.  Long story made short; we drove down to Ft Walton Beach, FL, on Saturday and came home on Monday.  The trip worked out just fine.  Harry told me that I did "real good" "better than (he) expected."

I did so enjoy getting away for a couple of days and seeing different scenery.  Unfortunately, there was a wide band of algae on and in the water next to the beach.  It wasn't an issue for us because we only intended to enjoy time watching the waves and relaxing.  We also went to the Gulfarium and met several reef enthusiasts.  The reef tank there was large and full of fish - not many coral -but hundreds of reef fish.

Of course, we left the cat at our house.  Joe and Keith saw to the reef tank chores and made  the cat feel loved.   Kitty made her displeasure known by sleeping (and leaving kitty fur) in places that she knows she isn't allowed to be.   At least she didn't throw up anywhere or ignore her litter box. 

It was a good weekend for the old farts.  We hope to travel more.

A big "HELLO" to all my blogging friends.  Hope you are doing well.

Friday, July 22, 2011

An Update of Sorts

It's been a long dry spell on my blog.  I wish I could think of something to write about more often.  Our routine doesn't change much.  but I'll tell you about the few things that have happened.

One of our favorite young couples made the great leap into matrimony and we were there.   Everything about the wedding was moving, unique and beyond lovely.   The couple decided to have only a few family members and Harry and me attend.  The groom didn't know where the ceremony was taking place until he was brought - blindfolded - to the site by his sister.  The bride asked everyone to wear green because to them green is the color of new, healthy beginnings.   The bride chose an unlikely spot for the wedding.  The short version of her selected location is "a creek bank."  What did a creek bank offer for this couple.  When dating the two of them would fish here.  It's where he first kissed her.  It's where he told her that he loved her.  It's where he proposed.  Is that romantic or what?  So, in the cool of a Friday morning Jason and Tammy were married in a lovely ceremony.   We're so happy for them and honored to have been among the small group there to share their joy.

The James and Jesse have grown like weeds this summer.  Jesse lacks about 1/2 inch being tall as me.  James is well above my shoulders.  Both swim like fishes and never miss a chance to do so.  The boat is one of their favorite outings.  It's lucky that the boat launch is only about two miles from their house.  They will be 9 and 8 in October.  Time flies!!  All you new parents, grandparents and expectant grandparents take note - Grandkids grow up too fast.  Don't miss a minute that you can spend with them.

We still have all the reef tanks and they are doing well.  A few weeks ago Harry bought several (read - a bunch) new high-end coral colonies.  One of the Knoxville, TN, reef club members decided to shut down his tanks.  He was a long-time collector and had many unusual and/or rare corals that he'd raised.  Harry was lucky to have the opportunity to buy all of one type of coral from his collection. 

Joe, the son who was living with us, has moved to his own digs.  There's still a lot of his "stuff" here but he keeps promising to clean it all out so I can get the bedroom he was using back into service.  I'm beginning to think that's a pipedream.  I know that he's busy but he should remember that his mother can get impatient after waiting for many weeks.  I do have a solution.  It's called the screened porch  The screened porch might be followed by the Tuesday morning curb after a reasonable amount of time. 

Speaking of the screened porch, we don't use it at all during these hot, humid months.  Darn!!!  It's so hot one can hardly breathe outside.  Thank heavens for air conditioning!  I'm looking forward to cooler weather.  At least we've had some rain so nothing is in danger of dying. 

OK, folks, that's the scoop from Old Fartville where gatherings are routine and smiles are welcome.  Thanks for visiting.

Monday, May 30, 2011

School is Out and Summer is Here

Harry and I are having a quiet Memorial Day.  We two old farts are just cruising along with the flow.  Sometimes a slow quiet day is a real smile maker.   Whatever your plans are for today I hope you are safe, secure and happy. 

I did a big happy dance when my Oncologist told me that he doesn't think another PET scan is indicated.  That's one chore I won't have to fit into my schedule every six months.  I'll still have blood work every six months for some time to come. 

We had Taco Day at our gathering yesterday.  Adults ate and complimented the cook (me).  Kids chowed down!!!  The meal was followed with root beer floats.  I wanted to do something a bit different.  I don't remember when we had tacos on the menu.  James said it was a school's out celebration.  Leftovers went home with the boys. 

Jesse is still collecting Pokemon Cards.  James is busy with his pogo stick.  That little fellow can jump for what seems like hours.  He reminds me of Tigger (from Poo) - just bounce, bounce, bounce.  Both boys are starting to get involved with racing remote control cars.  Their past two or three Saturdays have been spent at a local RC race track.  They aren't actually racing yet but they are learning to control the cars.  Did you know that those cars can do burn-outs?  Did you know that the advanced racers have cars that can travel at up to 45 miles per hour?   Nana and Papa are having a learning experience.

Well, that's about it from our sunny world.  My best to everyone.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I Didn't Go to Jared's. .

. . but I did go to Sam's Club today.  What a trip!  Harry was nice enough to go with me and help with the shopping.  We had two - that's correct - TWO carts full.  Most was paper products and cleaning stuff.  Also other staples.   Except for milk, OJ, and eggs we can avoid the grocery for at least a month  - maybe more.

The grand sons look forward to Papa's BBQ chicken.  That's on the menu for Sunday gathering.  All the local kids will be here.  We always think of the two who live far, far away and wish they could be here, too.  Last Sunday everyone came for a short visit but we didn't have a meal.  I was preparing for my PET scan so we just played it cool. 

Speaking of the PET scan, I was given a light injection of ativan (spelling??) because I'm claustrophobic.   I was given the same dosage as before but this time it wasn't enough.  The minute my head went in "the tube" my heart started racing.  Result:  Stop the show and administer more ativan.  Wow!!  That drug laid me low.  No racing heart - just peaceful sleep that lasted the rest of the day.  Medical appointments can get real interesting.

Our oldest son, Joe, is finally at home in his new place.  At least for the most part.  There are things here that need to be packed and moved.  We do miss him but we're happy for him.  He's still teaching CISCO related classes.  Joe is a good teacher but he surely has a complicated but boring subject to teach.  He is perfectly comfortable with it, though.

The last day of school is May 25.  The boys are excited!  They have big plans that will keep the grownups busy.  In a few weeks the growups will be praying for school to begin once more.   I plan to just roll with the flow.  James is in a pogo stick frame of mind.  Jesse hasn't made his focus known yet.  I'm sure he will very soon.  The boys are so grown up.  Jesse (8 years old) is only about 1 inch shorter than me! 

That's the news from Hooperville for now.  Hope everyone is well and looking forward to the warm weeks ahead.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bits and Pieces

I can think of several things to write but not much about any one thing. Let's see if I can make this work.

Tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and various other catastrophes have taken over the spring of 2011. Not to mention wild fires and various other tragedies. In so many ways the flooding is the worst!!! It destroys everything a person owns and then leaves snakes, spiders and other vermin to threaten during clean-up. High water line has past Memphis but there a lot of folks downstream who still face the horror.

Tornado clean-up is progressing. FEMA started out strong but fizzled out after a couple of days. Local groups have come together to help neighbors dig out of the destruction. Our communities will heal, rebuild, and move forward.

In early spring we watched a robin trying to build a nest in our cherry tree. It must have been his/her first because there were construction related problems. He brought a long (at least 4 feet) piece of grass and tried to weave it through the other material. It was a partial success. There is a long strand of the grass hanging below the nest. The couple was a little later hatching their brood than some. (Another robin couple has already raised their babies.) The Cherry Tree couple has hatchlings that seem to be growing and doing well. I wonder if they will raise a second family during the summer.

James and Jesse are having a fun spring. There is a free running creek behind their house that attracts wildlife and gives them a place to fish. Currently they are watching an owl family. There are three young owls that are learning to fly. They fly in the late evening. A beaver has taken up residence (which may mean trouble down the road) and the boys are fascinated. Youngsters have a wonderful view of the world.

Harry is building a controller for the reef system. It will monitor the water conditions, temp, etc. Harry can monitor tank conditions from his computer from anywhere he happens to be. He started with what looked like about a thousand little electronics and a lot of knowledge about programming. He is testing the temperature and calcium readings now and will add other applications when he is satisfied with the current configuration. This is all well beyond my abilities to even explain.

That's all I have for now. All-in-all I have written a lot. Hope it isn't too much information at one time. Anyway, we are all doing well and beginning to settle in for the upcoming summer. Thanks for remembering me and stopping by.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Latest Scoop From Here

I’m sure everyone knows middle and north Alabama was victim to historic tornadoes last Wednesday (April 27). The warnings began around 2 AM and were constant until after 10 PM. It wasn’t unusual to have two or three warnings being tracked at the same time. While I haven’t read an official statement, reports that at least 4 tornadoes met the criteria for F4 and one F5. There were numerous others that were smaller but still destructive. There is no such thing as a little tornado!!! You’ve heard all the statistics and seen the videos so this is all I need to write about the storms. Bottom line – Much of North Alabama is in shambles as are many other areas from Tennessee to Virginia..


As for our little family, we are well. No damage worth mentioning. Everyone is safe. We’re just doing what everyone else is doing – trying to keep the necessities of life moving along with no electric power and most businesses unable to operate. We do have a generator that is keeping water circulation in our live reef tanks, running the refrigerator/freezer, and allowing Internet access. (The live reefs are a total of 700 gallons of water and a wide variety of tank raised live coral and fish. Without water circulation everything would die.)

I could write volumes about individual stories but those are online.  Here are some things brought to our attention during the past few days:

1. If you open the storm door and leaves, flower petals, and seedpods, etc, blow into the room. It doesn’t matter – so what!! Just calm down and walk over them and be glad that you still have a floor.  Leave the broom where it is!  Just be careful to not trip on the heavy duty extension cords running to the generator.

2. Keep an extra full tank of propane or large bag of charcoal for your grill. That alone could make you the envy of your neighborhood.  Share!!

3. Pier candles work best if you don’t have other light. A pier candle that is 2-3 inches across and no more than 6 inches high work better than regular candles. They can be set on an oven proof plate and placed in your bathtub or kitchen sink. At least you are fairly safe from fire and can walk safely around your house.

4. The little inexpensive solar yard lights make excellent night lights without an open flame. Of course you do have to take them outside to be sure they are charged – assuming you have a bit of sunlight.

5. If your dishwasher is sitting idle think about using it for a drying rack for those dishes you have to wash in the sink. Harry thought of this after seeing me draining dishes on the counter atop towels.  This sure does keep a neater counter.

6.  It's a good idea to fill your vehicle's gas tank when it reaches 3/4 full.  Without power stations can't pump gas. 

Most of all, we are reminded of how blessed we are.  So many folks have real challenges ahead.  We, on the other hand, have only minor inconveniences.

We appreciate the email from so many.  I was able to respond to everyone this morning.  If I missed anyone please know that we truly appreciate all concern, prayers, and happy thoughts.  It's time for me to sign off with thanks to one and all.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Digger's Morning Routine

Yesterday's post was a video of Digger building a house.  He finished his abode and slept in it last night.  This morning he's cleaning house.   (Video below)  This evening he'll go inside and pull sand over his door until morning.  When he wakes up he'll begin the routine all over again.  Can you relate?  House cleaning is NEVER finished. 


video

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Digger's Construction Site

I read blogs almost every day but seldom post my own blog.  My life has become so routine that there's really nothing to write.  I thought someone just might stop by who would find this little video a bit entertaining.  The fish is my Gobbie who I named "Digger."  In the video he is sifting sand and finding little pieces of rubble to build his house.  You can watch as he finds a pebble and carries it to his construction site.  The stack of rubble and shells is the house he's building.  He sleeps in (under) it at night after he goes inside and closes the door. 

video


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Just Another Very Good Day

After a few (very few) warm days we are back to winter.  It was cold today.  We'll have another freeze tonight just in time to nip the tender green buds on my early lilac tree.  Someone told me that it's never truly spring until after Easter.  We'll see how that works out.

I found a deal on Craig's List that I couldn't pass up - side chairs that are used but in good condition.  I'll have to clean and wax the wood and clean the upholstery but they are still a bargain.  The chairs haven't seen hard wear but have been stored for about three months.  I'm really glad to have them to replace my kitchen chairs that are at least 25 years old.  I hope someone else will give my old chairs TLC and bring them back into use. 

Keith and the boys visited today but Mary was feeling sick and stayed home.  Joe is fighting bronchitis (spelling??) and feels yucky.  What an opportunity to have a hot dog feast!!  I did make a salad but the rest of our meal was hot dogs - after all I was the only girl present.  The little ones didn't pass up the salad but the big boys did.  After the feast was over and all chins were wiped and hands rinsed, James came up to me and said, "Nana, Don't ever stare at an onion 'cause if you do you can't win."  I looked at him and his eyes were red.  I asked him why he was looking at the chopped onions and he said because he likes to smell onions.  To him they smell like a picnic.  You just never know what's going on in a child's mind.

I have a busy week ahead but I will try to check your blogs.  Have a good week and do include time for yourself.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's a Big Sunny Day

Here I am, once again, sitting at my keyboard trying to post an interesting blog.  Interesting ain't gonna happen folks.  The biggest, most exciting thing I can report is that the sun is shinning and neither snow nor ice is falling.

I've been out of the loop for several days - or weeks - not because anything is wrong.  Everyone is well and enjoying our various everyday routines.  We are all waiting for spring to finally spring.  It will be a welcome transition.

We did have a very welcome visit with my favorite nephew, Ricky.  He wasn't able to stay very long but we were just happy for the time he could spend with us.  Ricky, welcome back anytime.

Both karate warriors, James and Jesse, advanced one belt during the most recent testing.  Jesse is now a green belt and James earned his orange.  Not very high but still an accomplishment. 

I do have something to share with everyone - please pass it on if you know anyone who might benefit from the info.  If anyone you know is taking the cancer preventative drug, Femera, please tell them to visit the website (http://www.femera.com/).  There is a coupon that offers up to $800 per year towards prescription payments for Femera.  If you have private insurance that covers some of the cost, Femera will apply benefits to your co-pay.  My 90 day prescription would be over $1400 if I had no insurance.  My insurance and the support offered by Femera certainly makes this therapy possible.  I hope this info helps someone - or many - in the battle to stay cancer free. 

I wish I had the energy to pull together a garage sale.  Fat chance!!!  My best bet would be to open the front door and say, "Come on in and make me an offer."  I've given a few of my needle work pieces to special folks - kids, relatives, and special people in my life - but it hardly made a dent in the "stuff" in this house.  I have three complete sets of fine china and have no use for one. I've always enjoyed having folks in for whatever meal time it happened to be.  The difference is now everything is strictly informal and very casual.  Craigslist, here I come.

Time to get something done here.  Until next time, take care.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quiet Day and a Link

Nothing new in our world.  It will be a quiet Sunday in Old Fart Land.  this is one of the few times that Gathering Day is not going to happen.  Mary is not feeling well and Jesse is tired and has a low grade fever.   We all need a quiet day to overcome the past couple of weeks.  Everyone is going into his/her "hidey-hole" and spend time recouping. 

Harry is just about over the effects of his surgery.  He only had about four days of being sore and a bit out-of-sorts.  I'm happy to report that's all past.  We are ready to resume a somewhat normal (for us) routine after we have "quiet day."

Our son, Joe, forwarded the following site to me.  Harry and I have enjoyed playing with it.  I thought I'd attach a link for you.  It took 20 or less questions to identify everyone I could think of.  This genie's guesser is good!   (I know that it's just a huge data base but it's still just a bit awesome.)
http://us.akinator.com/#

That's it for now.  Let the lazy day officially begin.  I hope each and everyone of you is having the day you'd most wish for.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Busy Times

I haven't blogged for a few days - several to be sure.  It's been a busy time here at the old farts' household.

Over this past weekend we attended a reef trade show near Nashville, Tennessee.   Anyone ever hear of Antioch, Tennessee?  That's where the trade show was held. 

We rushed home in order to get ready for Harry's surgery on Monday.  Everything went just fine - fine for surgery, that is.  The surgery did slow him down but he is feeling better this afternoon. 

The two local grandsons were worried about what was going to happen to Papa.  On Sunday afternoon they sat side by side in Papa's deck chair and questioned me about what was going to happen.  They asked if they could come visit Papa on Tuesday.  Of course they were welcome.  

On Tuesday the Mary brought the boys by after school.  They quickly saw that Papa was going to be OK.  James, the youngest, asked what "they did with Papa's gallbladder."  I told him that the doctor sent the gallbladder to the lab for testing to be sure nothing was wrong and that Papa didn't need more treatment.  The tests were all OK.  With the most serious expression and the widest eyes James asked, "Are they going to put it back?"   I love children and their logic.   Bless their hearts, the boys were worried about Papa.

In case you noticed the picture change at the header of my blog . . . this is a different coral than the one pictured before.  Color is about all they have in common.

Gotta get dinner out of the oven and move forward with our afternoon and evening.   Take care and visit soon.  Thanks.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Good News and Happy Times

It is still winter at our house.  A warm-up with rain is due at the first of the week.  If we believe the weather person the temps will be too warm to allow the rain to freeze.  Time will tell.

I hadn't mentioned on the blog that I had to have yet another needle biopsy.  There were a few tense days but it all ended well.  The lump is benign and not at all apt to turn malignant.  What a relief.  I finally complained enough about feeling weak and tired all the time until my medical doctor decided the problem wasn't my cancer meds after all.  He ran a long lists of tests and found that my thyroid was being really, really lazy.  I'm now taking meds for that and feel like I can climb a mountain.  I know that I can't but I really do feel good.

Schools here were dismissed all week.  The kids made the most of the snow and enjoyed every minute.  It is about to come to an end - and high time, I say.  Jesse is bruised in several places (knees, elbows, and shins) from sled wrecks.  He showed me one of his bruised knees.  I asked what happened to make a big bruise.  He said, "Well, the sled was going fast and I saw I was going to go airborne and land in the creek so I rolled off and hit a stump."  I asked how he realized what was about to happen.  He told me that the mother of one of the kids was riding a sled and did just that.  She landed "way out in the creek among rocks."  With that I just let the subject drop.  Talk about parents setting examples. . .

I've begun reading again.  I just finished "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."  There are two more books in the series but I think I'll skip them.  The book started slow but built after the first chapters.  All in all it's a fairly good book but just not my favorite genre.  I'm not going to buy any more books until I get my Kindle.  I believe it will be a good choice for me. I'll also get the light so I can read in bed and not disturb Harry.  I love the idea.  Once upon a lifetime (pre 2000) I read in bed every night.  Also, the Kindle will make it easy for me to carry my book/s with me when we go to reef meetings/sales. 

Time to fold up the ole blog and get on with something else.  Later, my friends.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter in the South

It is official.  Global warming is gonna get us all.   This morning when I woke up and looked outside what was the first thing that I saw?  SNOW FALLING.  Can you imagine that!!  Having spent time in what some consider "Snow Country" it is no mystery to me.  However, some folks who have never seen this snow stay on the ground this long are intimidated by it all. 

I'm drinking my last cup of ginger tea.  After the coffee pot is empty I turn to tea.  My favorite is ginger.  Trip to the "ginger tea store" is on the list for tomorrow.  Truth be known, we wouldn't have to go to the grocery for another week. 

The boys came for a little while today.  They played in the snow all day yesterday.  Jesse was eager to watch the snow-boarding competition and other sports TV.  Mary took James to the golf course to ride the sled.  He made a few runs down the long slope and was ready to come back inside.  Their school is closed again tomorrow and they plan to spend part of the day here.  I need the diversion and am looking forward to it.

When the snow fell it covered our bird feeders.  Harry took a simple cardboard box lid out and set it on the snow in front the window where my computer sets.  He filled it almost to the top with birdseed.  I've really enjoyed watching the many birds come and go. A squirrel is also enjoying the feast. 

Such is the state of our household in this winter wonderland.  Have a cup of ginger tea and stay warm.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Our Street Dressed in Snow

Snow on our street.  Courtesy of Harry.  I didn't want to get dressed because my fluffy pick jammies and fuzzy pink stripe socks are warm and comfy.

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Winter Wonderland

Snow???  Yes, a honest-to-goodness snow!!!  Emergency weather reported  8 inches of snow.  Harry thinks it's less here at our house and I believe he's correct.  We are well prepared for staying home even though we don't have to.  Main roads have been plowed.  We would only have about three blocks of real snow/ice to drive over.  Enough about the weather.

For a time I lost interest in reading but that has past.  I'm making a priority list and deciding if I should to buy books, a Kindle, or rely on the library.  The Huntsville Public Library is located on the other side of town.  We do have a branch really close but it doesn't always work well for me.  If I have a book held, the due date is 7 days with no renewal.  That's because someone else has usually requested a hold.  No time to really digest the book and re-read parts that are interesting/meaningful to me.  I guess I am spoiled and cranky but I don't want to feel pressure attached to my leisure time.

Gathering day was fun.  I baked a pork loin and had peas and corn.  It was simple but no one went hungry.  Afterwards some of us enjoyed an episode of Funniest Videos.  Others - namely Uncle Joe (our oldest) and Jesse played a video game that captured Jesse's interest.  Both little ones were excited because of the winter storm warning and the fact that school was cancelled for today.  Pictures of sleding, snowmen, and snowball fights were dancing through their heads.  They did not wake up to disappointment.

Time to wrap up this post and move along with the day.  As usual, thanks for visiting.  Ya'll come back, ya hear.  Hope you are well and happy.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Morning Mail

Here I again.  Man, I'm gettin' good at this bloggin' thing.  Not much to blog about but here I am anyway.

I'm sitting at my keyboard chuckling about my morning mail/deliveries.  I received a Fit and Strong workout DVD for the over 60 crowd.  About an hour later, Harry brought me my one piece of mail for the day - a Victoria's Secret catalog.  Hmmmmm - Talk about two far ends of the spectrum this is it.  Can't you just picture it:  An old fart in a wild Victoria's Secret get-up, joints popping and creaking, flopping (I no longer jiggle) around while trying to keep up with the over 60 crowd DVD?  Lordy, lordy ain't life grand!!!

I'm taking Harry out to eat this evening.  He's been working on tank maintenance most of the day and I know he's tired.  Remember we have a total of five saltwater tanks (total over 700 gallons). The tanks are pretty much "stand alone"  (other than daily adding water to replace evaporation) but big maintenance days do come along on a regular basis.  This was one of those.  Do you think Outback would be a good choice.  Yep, I do, too.

Cheryl, the coral in the header pic does look like a fluffy blanket.  If you touch it, though, it retracts all the fluffy little polyps for a little while.  Most corals will do that.  I have three yellow corals and three purple/blue clams that set the theme for my tank. 

It's time for me to think about moving on to a couple of things that I still need to do today and get ready to go out to dinner.  Until later,  take care. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fiji Leather Coral and Floor Drains

Hello to everyone.  Once again I'm sitting at the keyboard trying to think of something worthy of a blog.  I could blog about the state the house is in - messy, none too clean, and boarding on "just move out and leave it."  That would only depress me and make me feel guilty.  Not gonna do that.  Let me think a minute more . . . .

The new picture at the top of my blog is the Fiji Yellow Leather coral which is the centerpiece in my salt water reef.  It has at least doubled in size since Harry bought it for me in April, 2009.  It has grown pretty fast for a coral.  The color is accurate - a soft, fluffy yellow.  That explains that.

At dinner yesterday, we (the gang) were talking about houses and what amenities we'd want in a new house.  (or something to that effect).  I declared that should I ever be fortunate enough to build another house there would be tile floors and a floor drain in every room with connection to water.  Just think of being able to hook up a hose and spray floors clean.  I think that would be neat - no mop and clean floors.   Many years ago, when I was a teenager and living with my parents, we had a mud/pump house room with a floor drain .  The drain had a screw on cap which completely closed the top.  To clean the floor one just removed the cap, attached a hose with a spray nozzle to the laundry sink, turned on the water, and pointed the nozzle.  A real quick squeegee, replace the cap, and move on with your day.  I still think my dad had great ideas.  Sometime I'll blog about his most wonderful (in my opinion) shop.  It was truly unique.

I made a quick round of blogs and sat here for far too long.  It is almost noon and I still am wearing my robe.  Gotta get a move on.  My best to everyone. 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The New Year Begins

We waved good bye to 2010 and filed our happy memories for reflection.   We are thankful that we have reached yet another new year. A year that promises many happy times and peaceful moments.  Let the new year begin! 

Harry and I have no set plans for the new year.  For the most part, we'll just play the year as it comes.  We do have a short trip planned to Nashville, TN, in mid January so there is that to think about.  It's been two years since we had a real vacation.  We've been attending to health issues here at home.  I hope we can have a real vacation soon.  Where??  No plans except that I'd still love to do the trip to Biltmore House and the slow leisurely drive up the east coast.   Time will tell if we can do that.  We're also hoping that our out-of-town kids can visit this year.  Fingers crossed for that to happen.

We're having a cloudy rainy New Year Day.  The temps are predicted to dip to freezing early this evening.  The weather gurus aren't predicting ice and I hope they are correct.  Snow - in small doses - is OK but ice is certainly not a welcome event.   

As you can probably see, nothing exciting is happening here.  Just two old farts feeling thankful, enjoying being together this first day of 2011, and looking forward to the new year.

Thanks for stopping by.  Visit again when you can.  Our best to everyone.