"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Packed A Lot

This past week was full to the brim. Sometimes even running over the top. The flight from Omaha to Phoenix was enjoyable and then I waited at the Phoenix airport a few hours for the flight to Flagstaff. The plane to Flagstaff was not the puddle jumper I was picturing; I have flown in much smaller planes in the past so it was nice to see that 25 passengers were settled into the plane with plenty of room. My overhead bag would not fit in the much smaller compartments on the plane though, so a flight attendant politely took my bag to the baggage compartment. When I deplaned, the bags were lined up on the way to the airport facility, so I plunked down my carry-on and headed for the building. I saw my daughter's hair and face through both sets of glass doors and by the time I was inside, she and I walked up to each other and wrapped our arms around each other and breathed in the love.  It is an hour drive from Flagstaff to where she lives, so we chatted and adjusted my eyes to the dark highway, trying to spot any critters.

I got home Tuesday night and am catching up with emails and my usual activities at the senior center. When I get settled I will write about the things I saw and the lovely time I had with my daughter and son-in-law and my granddaughter and grandson. I had a truly wonderful time and look forward to another trip there. My cat, Lola, is happy I am home, she keeps telling me that.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fumbling Around

When something stops working, it sends me into another dimension. I don't get angry, I lose my mind. Totally gone. Maybe I go to that place first because for so many years I didn't realize I was actually capable. OMG I have a brain and I can do things!

For some reason, I still have to go to the stupid place even for only a visit before the brain kicks in and I proceed with the fix. What made me write about this is the little five minute idiot time I took last night. When I watch Netflix, I use the beautiful, glorious, noise reducing Bose headphones my daughter sent me. Insert a quick comment here: Listening to MUSIC through these headphones is a reminder to me of what it will be like in heaven. Anyway, last night while watching a little movie on my computer, wham! No more sound. I checked the cords. I checked the receiver. Then I opened the headphone battery compartment and found a AAA battery in the drawer. But it obviously was just in there to tease me. It didn't work. So I took one battery out of the wrist blood pressure monitor and huge relief, the headphones were again singing in my ear, so to speak. Aaaaaaah. Life is so good.

I leave tomorrow morning to spend time with my daughter and her family in Arizona. Here is the link to an article in their local paper about her store. Picture me there for the next 8 days.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Decorating With A Friend

This morning my friend, Jean, met me at the senior center for the monthly decorating duty. She has been helping with the decorations for several months and we find we work well together. She had no idea what it would entail when I first approached her about helping, but she adapted quickly and has become a wonder-woman partner. She is a gal pal who plays dominoes with our group every Tuesday and she is in the book club so we have some things in common. The time I spend working on the decorations has been cut into a third of the hours it used to take do this by myself.

This morning we started removing the St Patrick's Day decorations and boxed that up and put it away before dragging out the boxes of Easter items. The center is a fairly large building and we have been working on accumulating nice decorations over the past three years. After lunch we walked around inspecting the results and felt satisfied we gave it our best effort to turn the place into a striking and eye-catching Easter senior hangout. Right on, dude and dudettes. Someone catch that bunny running across the table.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Are You Wearing GREEN?

Pot of Gold
Four leaf clover
Corned beef and cabbage
Irish soda bread
Shepherd's pie (one of my favorites)
And oh yeah, BEER (which I can't drink)

It doesn't take much to get people in the party mode. A little nod to St Patrick and the party is in full swing. I am not Irish but I do like the green, the food, and all the decorations. Since I decorate the senior center each month in a different theme, it was fun taking down all the red and pink for Valentines Day and switching out to the green, green, and more green.

However you spend St Patrick's Day, I hope you enjoy the jolly little leprechauns and end up with a pot of gold at the end of an awesome rainbow.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Benefits Of Milk

The milkman stopped at her house on his usual route. The note attached to the milk carrier at her front door said to leave 10 quarts of milk.

Wanting to verify the quantity, the milkman rang her door bell. When she answered, the milkman inquired if she did indeed want him to leave 10 quarts of milk. She answered in the affirmative.

So the milkman asked "Do you want it pasteurized?"

She responded, "Oh no, I just want it past my knees. I want to take a milk bath."

Note: This is the kind of stuff we tell each other at the senior center while we play cards.