Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Happy Anniversary to Me! (Oh, and Mr. Kenju, too)

Way way back in 1964, I met a guy on a blind date set up for me by a friend. He was playing basketball on a Navy team in Norfolk at the time, and I was invited to a game one night. My matchmaking friend said "He is the best looking guy on the court. So who do you think it is?" I took a long look around and immediately ruled out about 7 of them. Then my eyes landed on a guy who resembled Fabian Forte (the singer), if Fabian were much taller and less girly-looking......LOL. That's Fabian on the upper right.

I said to my friend, "I think it is # so and so, and she said "You picked him!" We were introduced that night, on January 3, 1964. The photo on the left was taken in April and we married on July 2, 1964. I know, I're thinking......"Why did they wait sooooo long?"

Now 51 years, three children, eight  grand kids later,  we are still together. "Inertia", I reply, when asked what has kept us married for this length of time, and there is more than a hint of truth in it. Read about our wedding in the archives on May 30, 2005 and our honeymoon snafu on December 13, 2005.

I kid about what kind of glue has held us together for so many years, but there must be some love here somewhere....LOL. We argue more often than not, but we are committed (or maybe it's that we ought to be). The woman who introduced us has since become a psychologist. I'm not sure what her impetus was; I hope it wasn't us. She says that one of the reasons we are still together is that we are comfortable enough to fight and say almost anything, and then we get over it quickly. I don't know if she is right but it sounds good. She does caution us that arguing should be productive and not deteriorate into name-calling. We are not always victorious in that endeavor, but we don't harbor grudges for long - and therein lies the root of our success. At least I think that's part of it.

We've been through thick and thin, poor and well-off and poor again, health and minor sickness, joy and despair. It would be a darn shame to end it now, wouldn't it?

So, happy anniversary, honey, and I hope you can abide me for a few more years. I'd like to reach our 60th.

(This is a repost from a few years ago, with minor changes in numbers.)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Decisions - decisions!!

Assuming you had the ability to adopt one or both of these girls (baby is 11-12 weeks and mama is 1-2 years)  would you take one or both?  And assuming you adopted both of them, what names would you give them?  I am not a fan of animals having people names, but names from literature would be wonderful to consider. My brain is mush now and I can't think, so give it your best shot.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I Wonder Why....

Why do grocery stores put the cart corrals so far away from the handicapped parking? Shouldn't somebody suggest that they should place them closer? Or they could have more corrals per line of cars. What good does it do a handicapped person to have a parking place close to the door if they have to walk 6-8 spaces to and from the cart corral? 

The Confederate Flag:   People on FB are saying it is Freedom of Speech to be able to fly that flag. I"m not sure I agree; everyone I have ever known who was a fan of that flag has been racist and intolerant. Why should we give them a public platform?  When I was trying to sell my parent's last home, the next door neighbor had a confederate flag behind the gun rack on his truck. He told me that if I sold that house to a black person, he wouldn't be responsible for what he might do. I set him straight immediately, and said "then we will know exactly who to report to police if anything happens to the house."  

Why do people, if they use turn signals at all, put them on 30 seconds before they intend to turn? I'm not sure which is worse - people who do this or people who never turn off their turn signals. 

Why do grocery stores have to "remodel"  (meaning rearrange) the store floorplan every few years or so? All our stores are being remodeled now and I can't find anything!! Plus, the floors are being replaced, and at the moment, there are so many different levels/bumps on the floor that it is hard to push the cart. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

I found It!! - Part 2

Remember the love seat I told you I bought?  Here it is. The color appears bluer here than it is; it is more of a greenish-blue like the blue in the rug. We love it.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Squeaky wheel gets the Grease....

I was shopping today and found a purse I liked. I took it to the check-out and asked the clerk to remove the 10 pounds of wadded paper from it. She did and I saw a spot in the bottom of the lining. I showed it to her and said "I guess it doesn't matter much since it is inside." She did a return and then charged it again, with 11% off. I was pretty pleased with the discount!  I know it is hard to see the spot in this pic, even though I used the flash. It looks like water spots, but they were dry. if I had not asked her to remove the paper wads, I wouldn't have known the spots were there until I got home.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Since I had Open-Heart Surgery in November....

I have joined several Facebook sites designated for people who have had that - OHS. Most of the time they are a good place to go to ask and answer questions; a place for support and good wishes.

But here lately, there are people who have taken offense when someone offers to pray for them, or says they are praying. They say things like - "I am an atheist and I am offended when someone assumes that I want prayers said for me!!  I don't believe in your God and don't want you mentioning Him on a site that is secular/non-religious."

It takes all the goodness out of the reason for the sites, when someone gets all up in arms because someone makes a nice gesture of prayer. My feeling is that if you are an atheist or agnostic, you should just gloss over any comments about prayer or religion - don't comment, especially in the negative, and just move on to the next site.

Some people have left these various groups because of the mention of religion, some have left because others have been insulted by religious comments - and one person even started her own group - where she can feel free to pray for anyone she chooses. When a person offers to pray for you, they are offering support the best way they know how. They are not trying to persuade you to their opinions or religious bent.

I just don't understand some people. It would never occur to me to blast someone because of their religious beliefs or non-beliefs, especially in a public forum.

To one guy, I suggested that when he asked for support, he might have specified no religious comments - since when he got them, he was infuriated.

His reply was "are you suggesting that the onus is  on me to ask people not to make religious comments? What kind of world do we live in?"

I said, exactly my thoughts - What kind of world do we live in?

Geez, people, lighten up!

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Rinse and Repeat....

Doctors, dentists, chiropractors, dermatologists, hair, nails, rehab, lunch with friends......and so on. Rinse and repeat  as the shampoo bottle says. Trying to juggle appointments these days - it isn't easy. I need to see the eye doc, but i can't find the time to fit him in....LOL

I think I told you that I joined the gym at the hospital where I did my rehab. I have been going 2-3 times per week; doing the same set of exercises that I did during rehab. The only difference is that now I don't have to keep track of my heart rate and I don't get 2 ekgs while I am there. I was out for two weeks while on vacation, and I started packing on the pounds. I will try hard not to let that happen again. 

The chiropractors have helped immensely. For six months, I have had to take 6-8 extra-strength Tylenol per day  (I know that isn't good for me) but my back and hip pain required it. After one adjustment from the chiro, I am pain-free for the first time since I got out of the hospital. I have been going to chiropractors and/or osteopaths since I was 18, but none has ever helped as much as these guys have. I am so pleased to be pain-free except for some soreness - but that is to be expected. For locals: it is the office of Crabtree Chiropractic on Lead Mine Road, just north of Glenwood. Maybe they could help you too!

We're waiting for the new love-seat to be delivered. June 11 is the target date, but I am hoping it will be sooner than that. At the moment, my living room is full of my deck furniture. The deck was painted last weekend and almost everything had to be moved inside. It's a bit crowded, to say the least, and it all has to be moved before the furniture delivery. I think one of my grandkids will help with that. God Bless them!!