Monday, September 26, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY: It's my sons birthday. Hope yours is a wonderful day, Matthew.
Outside my window . . . It's the middle of the night and so dark outside.  For some reason, I can't seem to sleep so I decided to get up and do something useful instead of laying there just tossing and turning.

I am thinking . . . that I don't know why I can't sleep.  This is one of my least favorite things to happen.  There's really nothing like a good night's sleep and it distresses me when that doesn't happen.

I am thankful . . . for the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.

From the learning rooms . . . I am learning to take the negatives in my life and look at them in a positive way.

In the kitchen . . . roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots for dinner tonight

I am wearing . . . blue pj's and a blue hoodie

I am creating . . . a new Charles Wysocki puzzle named "Singing Piemakers"

I am going . . . to catch up on laundry today.

I am wondering . . . if it will take a long time to get the dent in the door of the new car fixed.

I am reading . . . and reviewing my legal docs.  Do you have all the documents you need?  Suze Orman says we all MUST have 5 important documents: a revocable trust, a will, a durable power of attorney, a power of attorney for health care & a living will.  I have all 5 of them but need to have the lawyer make some changes.

I am hoping . . . that Matthew has a wonderful birthday today.

Around the house . . . it needs a quick clean today or tomorrow.

I am pondering . . .  how the heck I missed seeing the big pole which I backed the car against which resulted in a big scrape on the side of my brand new car.  I hate backing up.

One of my favorite things . . . is being accident free.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . the insurance adjuster will check the damage to the car & the car will be repaired,  playing cards on Monday evening, playing Bunco at the Shriner's on Tuesday, calling cardBingo on Wednesday, a quiet Thursday and playing cards on Friday.  Sounds (looks) like a lot but it's really not.

Here is picture I am sharing . . . my new car, of course.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

A New Car and and Oops!

Well I have a brand new baby sitting out there in front of the house.
Her name is Bessie 5 and she was delivered on Friday from a dealership in Brandon to the dealership here in Sebring.  She's a 2011 Toyota Camry.  She's just beautiful and a whole lot newer than the 9 year old Bessie 4 that I traded in.

There's a little wrinkle in my happy story though. I picked Bessie 5 up on Friday and had to return to the dealership on Saturday to surrender the title to Bessie 4.  It should have been a quick in & out, right?  Well, as I was backing up to leave it seems I didn't see the big pole on my side of the car.  Well, I turned too soon and hit the electric box at the bottom of that big pole. See the results of that mistake below.
I couldn't believe what happened .  I was so upset I could hardly speak. I felt physically sick.  The salesman took charge and called my insurance company to file the claim and did his best to calm me down.  Thank God for kind people.  So this week will probably be devoted to waiting for an adjuster to come and then delivering the car to a body shop.

Sorry my happy story turned sad but it is what it is.  Thanks for listening!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Mayonnaise Jar & 2 Beers

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take time to get medical checkups.

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A slight detour

Dahli and I started for home around 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.  About 45 mins into our trip the battery light on the dashboard started flashing.  I turned off the radio and a/c and hoped the light would stay off but no such luck.  I knew there was some sort of problem and couldn't help but wonder if I was gonna make it home.

Things got further complicated when my left arm fell asleep. That funny tingling and numb feeling.  I started moving my arm around hoping the circulation would improve.  It didn't.  Then my left leg joined the party and it too was numb and tingly.  Did you ever see anyone driving a car while trying to exercise both extremities. Not safe and not pretty.

I made it home safely but unfortunately the numbness and tingling did not improve.  I called 911 and was admitted to Florida Hospital from Sunday to Tuesday.  I'm happy to report that I did not have a stroke but did have what they call a TIA (temporary ischemic attack).  That means that for whatever reason the flow of blood to the brain was temporarily interrupted resulting in the numbness and tingling.

Took the car into the Toyota dealer today.  No good news there though.  My wallet will be hugely impacted on this little repair job.  Ouch!!  I've been thinking about getting one of those Prius cars.  Maybe I'll trade up!!  I'm taking a serious look at the financial situation and a Prius will stay in the thinking stage for a while longer. Almost time to leave for cardBingo so I better go.  I'll be around to visit later. Until then . . . God bless.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Home away from Home.

I apologize for messing up my previous entry.  I tried uploading the pictures again but it didn't look right so I gave up and removed all of them.

Hanging out at the farm this w/e.  It's so nice that Andy has wi-fi here now.  I can stay connected even when I'm not home.  Anyway, Dahli and I got here yesterday.  Haven't been here in a couple of months so it was definitely time for a visit. Andy made potato salad and grilled out some dee-lishous burgers.  Oh my, they were yummy with lettuce, tomato, Duke's dressing and American cheese. The high point of the evening was a visit from the hummingbirds.  Andy got a video of them the other day and I was so looking forward to their return visit.  I was not disappointed.  They are truly a wonder.  Click on the link below to see his video.  Hope this works for you.

This morning we made a quick trip to Hard Rock Cafe & Casino.  I now have a crisp new $100 bill in my wallet that I didn't have when I got there. Nice!!  When we got home, I made a pineapple upside cake & boy it turned out great.  For dinner tonight we had rib eyes, potato salad and tossed salad. If it seems to you like all we do is eat you'd be right - we do a lot of that.

Tomorrow we're planning lunch at Disney.  Dad still has a 40% discount ticket that has to be used before the end of October so we'll do that tomorrow.  Not sure if we'll go to one of the parks or not.  It's still very warm here and neither one of us does well when it's in the 90's.

So that's my exciting w/e in a nutshell. Until next time . . . God bless!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cure for the Flu

To  avoid it....  Eat  right! Make sure you get  your daily dose of fruit and  veggies.
Take your vitamins  and bump up your vitamin C.
Get plenty of  exercise because it builds your immune  system.
Walk for at least an  hour a day,
go for a  swim,
take the stairs  instead of the lift, etc.
Wash your hands  often, If you can't, keep a  bottle of antibacterial stuff  around.
Get lots of fresh  air. Open doors &  windows whenever possible.
Try to eliminate as  much stress  from your life as you  can.
Get plenty of  rest. 

Take the doctor's  approach.
Think about  it...
 When you go for a  flu jab, what do they do first?

They  clean your arm with  alcohol...


Because Alcohol KILLS  GERMS.


I walk to the pub.  (exercise)

I put lime in my  vodka...(fruit)

Celery in my Bloody Mary  (veggies)

Drink outdoors on the  patio..(fresh air)

Tell rude jokes and  laugh....(eliminate stress)

Then I pass  out. (rest)

The way I see  it...

If you  keep your alcohol levels up, flu  germs can't get  you! 
As my  grandmother always said,
'A shot in the  glass
is better than one in the  ass!'


Live  Well -
Laugh Often -
Love  Much

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Office Visit, Generation Y

Getting here a little late today. That's because today was my 10:15 a.m. appointment with the endocrinologist.  I saw the Doctor at 11: 33 a.m. That's one hour and 15 minutes late. Add to the extremely long wait is the fact that the exam rooms were like refrigerators.  It's only the fact that I was so hot under the collar because of the long wait otherwise I surely would have froze to death.

Doctor Tan came into the exam room apologizing all over the place and explaining that another Doctor had left the practice so they dumped several new patients on him.  He went on to explain that the only thing that's helping him make it thru the day is the fact that his contract is up in 3 months after which he will return to Hawaii.  Good for you Dr. Tan.

My good news: my blood values were back to Normal and I don't have to go back to that place anymore.

Now that you've endured my rant for today, I'll share a funny email I got from Rodney. It's called: Generations!!

- People born before 1946 are called The Silent generation..

- People born between 1946 and 1959 are called The Baby Boomers.

- People born between 1960 and 1979 are called Generation X, ..

- And people born between 1980 and 2010 are called Generation Y ,

Why do we call the last group Generation Y?
Y should I get a job?
Y should I leave home and find my own place?
Y should I get a car when I can borrow yours?
Y should I clean my room?
Y should I wash and iron my own clothes?
Y should I buy any food?

But a cartoonist has explained it very eloquently...

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook


Outside my window . . . the sun is shinning and the birds are singing.  Looks to me like another beautiful day in Florida

I am thinking . . . that Grandparents Day was overshadowed by 9/11 yesterday.  Hardly anyone mentioned it.

I am thankful . . . that everyone played nice yesterday (9/11) and that no terrorist ruined the 10th year commemorations

From the learning rooms . . . (if this applies)

In the kitchen . . . baked potato, salmon pattie, peas and applesauce for dinner tonight

I am wearing . . . tan bermudas, lavender tee and footies

I am creating . . . a new Charles Wysocki puzzle named "Hellraisers on Halloween Night"

I am going . . . to the endocrinologist on Tuesday.

I am wondering . . . if he will tell me that my Ca++ levels are back to normal.

I am reading . . . yesterday's Sun News.  Time for coupon clipping.

I am hoping . . . that we can plan something special for Christopher's birthday on Friday.

Around the house . . . laundry all done yesterday.  Ironing patiently waiting.

I am pondering . . .  how all of those who lost loved ones on that horrible day 10 years ago have survived their losses.

One of my favorite things . . . are Charles Wysocki puzzles

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . not much going on.  I'm thinking it's time for a quick trip to Ohio sometime after Christopher's birthday.

Here is picture I am sharing . . .
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Sunshiney Day

Florida has had several dreary days but today we finally had a sunshiney day so it was off to the pool in my new bathing suit.   My suit comes from Maxine as part of her over 50 collection. This suit is truly the most comfortable suit in the world.  At $24.95 it's a steal.  Anyway, I took a piccie of the design on this one. The background is brown with teal design.
I found a great Etsy site for pictures of your pets. The site is owned by John Golden.  I was looking for a Lhasa Apso but unfortunately didn't find one but I left a message requesting he add the breed so I can buy one. Here's a sample of the Shih tsu.
Tomorrow is Grandparents Day. Hope all of you with grandchildren have a wonderful and blessed day!

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's the w/e.

I'll be watching the weather this w/e wondering where the storms bouncing around in the Atlantic might go.

Dahli went to the groomer's yesterday so I did a little shopping while waiting for her.  Found another Maxine bathing suit that I just love, a couple pair of jean crop pants and a pair of dress pants for church. Everything was marked down to rock bottom prices so I was happy to go a little wild.

I'll be doing a quick clean around the house today & just as soon as I'm done I'll be starting a new puzzle called: Clammer's at Hodges Horn. I looked for this puzzle for over 2 years and finally found it a few weeks ago so needless to say I've been looking forward to starting it.  Here's a peek.

 If it's Friday, it's hand & foot in the evening.  Always a fun time. Hope yours is a wonderful w/e.  Until next time . . . God bless!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The New Alphabet

 A is for  apple, and  B is for  boat,
 that used  to be right, but now it won't  float!

Age before  beauty is what we once
said, but let's  be a bit more realistic instead.

Here's the NEW alphabet.

A is for arthritis,
B is for the bad back,
C is for the chest pains, perhaps car-di-ac?
D is for dental decay & decline,
E is for eyesight, can't read that top line,
F is for fissures & fluid retention,
G is for gas which I'd rather not mention,
H is for high blood pressure - I'd rather it low,
I is for incisions with scars you can show.
J is for joints, out of socket, won't mend,
K is for knees that crack when they bend.
M is for memory, I forget what comes next.
N is for neuralgis in nerves way down low,
O is for osteo, bones that don't grow!
P is for prescriptions, I have quite a few.
Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu?
R is for reflux, one meal turns to two.
S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears,
T is for tinnitus; bells in my ears!
U is for urinary; troubles with flow,
V is for vertigo, that's 'dizzy' you know.
W is for worry, now what's going 'round?
X is for x ray and what might be found.
Y is for another year I'm left here behind,
Z is for zest I still have - in my mind!

I've survived all the symptoms my body's deployed
and I'm keeping 26 doctors fully employed. 


Monday, September 5, 2011

Circle of Friends

God's Boxes 

I have in my hands two boxes,
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, 'Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the gold.' 

I heeded His words, and in the two boxes,
Both my joys and sorrows I stored,
But though the gold became heavier each day,
The black was as light as before.

With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why,
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole,
Which my sorrows had fallen out by.

I showed the hole to God, and mused,
'I wonder where my sorrows could be!'
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
'My child, they're all here with me..'

I asked God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold and the black with the hole?
'My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,
The black is for you to let go'

We should consider all of our friends a blessing.
Send this to a friend today just to let them know you
are thinking of them and that they are a joy in your life.

A ball is a circle, no beginning, no end.
It keeps us together like our Circle of Friends.
But the treasure inside for you to see,
Is the treasure of friendship you've granted to me.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Florida Room & Tropics

The furniture for the Florida Room came yesterday.
The patio set that I ordered from Loew's was sold out and they were no longer able to order any pieces.  I went back to the store where I purchased the carpet and they had several lovely sets so I picked one of theirs and they delivered it yesterday.

Instead of the regular umbrella table, I ordered what they call a gathering table. It's 30 inches round and the same height as a coffee table so it should work nicely in the Florida Room.  Best of all, everything is made in the good old USA.

I saw this lovely pineapple at the store and just had to have it.  It will be an absolutely perfect piece for the
table.  It's made by a company named Uttermost.  Each piece is made by hand, so no two pieces are exactly alike.  It's not only to look at either.  There's a candle inside there.

I'm so happy to finally have some decent place to sit.  The lawn chairs I've been using out there can now go back to the pool deck at the farm.

There's something tropical swirling in the Gulf of Mexico that could ruin your holiday weekend.
This storm looks rather ominous to me but I'm not going to worry about it until the weatherman tells me I should.  Could use a few prayers if you think of it.  Thanks.