Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Murder Mystery Night at the "Spa"

My former neighborhood women attended a "spa night" hosted by one of the group in her home. It was a murder mystery, in which all of us participated.

We were all given information sheets; about the evening, our characters and the info we were supposed to impart to others. Some of the info is only supposed to be told if you are asked a direct question. We each wore a bathrobe (over clothing.)

It was fun and interesting, and of course, we had good food, as usual. 

Here is the full group. 

The "spa" set up for service.

Our repast - all excellent!!

If your group is looking for something to do - I suggest a mystery evening. Find one here  and enjoy!!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's Insufferable

I refer to the heat, of course. Every day is oppressive; making grocery shopping and errands like booking a one-way ticket to hell. The humidity is terrible also, adding insult to injury.  When will it end?

My garage is still a mess. Back in the early spring, it was too cool for me to stand out there and try to sort through all the crap, and I was heard to say that when it got warm enough, I'd do it.  Then I broke my collarbone - making nearly everything impossible for a while. Then it got too hot to work in the garage.

I am waiting for a cool-down so I can get busy out there. My collarbone still isn't healed, but I can do most things without pain - so the doc said "have at it." 

If you are my friend on Facebook, you already know I am without house cleaners again. I wish I knew why they don't want to work for me. It's depressing. If I were able to do more than a cursory job, I'd do my own. But arthritis, a bad hip and back and the above-mentioned collarbone have made it nearly impossible for me and I have to be able to rely on others. Unfortunately, the "others" have not been reliable for a few years. I will be calling a new business soon, and I am hoping I can find some people who will be a good fit.  

Life in the new house is good  (when it is clean....LOL)  I continue to play Scrabble with a group of women every Tuesday, and I am trying to get back into a routine of working out twice a week, at least. The indoor pool here is always warm enough for me; which is more than I can say for our last health club, and the hot tub is great. The facilities are very clean. They show movies every Sat. at 2pm and an opera (on DVD) every Sunday at 1pm. The lunch group meets every two months and since I am still involved with my old neighborhood women and the book club, life is busy and mostly fulfilling.  

My children and grandchildren keep in touch as much as they are able, which is lovely.  

What more could I ask?   

Sunday, July 24, 2016

An Interesting Coincidence on Facebook

I belong to a Facebook site called  "All of Us West Virginians"  (which is self-explanatory.)  Tonight I noticed a post by a woman about her husband's grandmother, who lives in the area in which my great-grandparents lived when I was a child.  The woman's last name is familiar to me, since my mom used to tell me anecdotes about that family. I don't remember anything but their name, though. 

I commented that maybe this lady knew my great grandparents, and told their names. She wrote back that the lady remembers a man by that name who lived "across the river" - and yes - it was my great-grandfather. She also remembered one of his sons, who she named. He was my great uncle. 

Isn't it nice to know that someone other than me and those in my family remember some of our ancestors. She also said that her grandmama had the same last name as our family, so she could be related too.

I think Facebook is great!!  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

We're Having a Heat Wave.....and bits and pieces....

Dear Lord, it is hot. Too hot. Every day it is in the mid to high 90's and getting hotter by the weekend. Our utility bills will be untenable.....and August will not be any better. 

That giant thistle in my front yard is over 7 feet tall. It was supposed to be removed by the yard service last week, but they didn't do it, and now, all the blooms are maturing. We have so many fuzzy seeds floating around that I fear I will find 100's of thistle plants next year. They are supposed to be good for bees and birds - but I never saw any bees nor birds on or around it. 

I have slacked off on exercising  (partly due to the heat,) but I must get my rear in gear, so to speak.  My fat pants are rapidly becoming too small. The water aerobics class wants me to participate, but I can't do that in addition to the machines in the gym. I like the gym and using the water afterward to cool down. That has been my way off and on for years. I know the water aerobics is good for you, but not my style.

My first daughter had a birthday this past week, and we went to Pinehurst for dinner with the family.  I mis-read a text regarding the time for dinner, and thought it was for 7 pm. At about 4:15, we found out that dinner was set for 5:30  (for 7 people). Have you ever seen two old people rushing as fast as they can to get dressed?  It was comical, I am sure. Luckily we had both had showers by then.  Younger daughter picked us up and took us there, thank Heaven.  It is an hour and 15 minutes away. We were only 30 minutes late.  :-(  But dinner was excellent!  It was at the Ironwood Cafe.  If you ever find yourself in Pinehurst, I recommend you try the Ironwood. The lobster bisque was delicious, as was my catfish and bacon-wrapped asparagus. My daughters had lobster tails and filets and pronounced them wonderful!

After dinner, we went to her home and met the two newest cats in the family; Luna and Sol, both of whom were sweet and pretty kitties.  The two dogs, Bojangles and Snoop Doggy have accepted them and they all get along well, I am told. 

If Moppet doesn't behave herself, I may throw her into the mix and see what happens.....LOL

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Long Time No See...

WOW.... I haven't posted since June 8th. I haven't gone this long between posts ever - I think. 

A lot has been going on; my brother-in-law was here for a week; not long enough for me or Jim. We'd love it if he lived nearby. I cooked like a mad fool and ate like one too. I have yet to get on the scale, but I was able to wear some "fat" pants today, ones that usually fall down without a belt. I didn't need a belt today. Ugh!  

For the last three days, my iPhone has not wanted to charge. I tried several different cords and USB plugs, and nothing worked. So today, I went to the Apple Store. It is always a zoo there, and today was no exception.  I had to wait nearly an hour, but finally I got to see an "expert" - and expert she was!  My phone would not charge with my cords or hers. The diagnosis meant a new phone coming my way - luckily mine is under warranty. But, that also meant I'd lose all the photos I had not uploaded to my computer, which was about 650 pics. So, she suggested that I email them to myself. It took forever!  Ten pics at a time. Now I have to get a thumb drive and transfer the pics to that.  

The new phone is nice; a bit different from the first six plus I had.  But with this one, I can get in with my fingerprint, so I don't have to type the code all the time. That's nice. 

I have joined the Scrabble Club here in the new neighborhood. We meet at the club house every Tuesday afternoon and play 2-3 games. I've met some nice women so far. I had to miss this week, since Jim and I and BIL were getting foot massages and pedicures and they ran long. We didn't complain  (it is heavenly.) Brother-in-law and I got to use the pool one day and he went another time with Jim. I really need to make time to do it three times a week, along with the gym. 

Two weeks ago the fan for the air-conditioning in my car decided it only wanted to work on high. At least it is cool, but the high setting of the fan means my hair is blown about as if I were in a convertible. I really must find the time to get it fixed.  But there is a more pressing issue - I went out to the car one morning last week and found a long crack in the windshield. I assume the hail during the storm that night was the culprit, but I don't know for sure.  AAA is coming tomorrow to replace it. 

My cleaning ladies didn't show up last Friday when they were supposed to, so I fired them. A possible replacement, who was recommended by someone in this neighborhood is coming to do a walk-through tomorrow. She has good references, so I hope it works out  (and that she doesn't charge much more than the last group.)

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

M iss Moppet is a Pain, Part II

Note: this photo is not Moppet and not my house.  This morning I was awoken by a sound I could not interpret. I looked around the room and saw Moppet hanging from a cloth blind in my bedroom.  That is a definite no-no, of course. So I yelled at her to get down, and she did. But not 30 seconds later, she jumped up on another blind  (there are three, ) and I got up to get her off the blind, lest she rip it with her claws.  I suppose it is a good thing she only weighs 7 pounds; otherwise, she'd have ripped them to shreds.  The birds play every morning in the tree and shrubs outside my windows, and for Moppet, this is better than TV.

It makes me wonder how many other times she has done that and I wasn't aware of it.  I inspected the blinds and they look okay - but I don't hold out much hope for them in the future if I can't get her to understand not to do it. I can't put her in another room at night, because her litter pan is in my bathroom, and the only other place in the house I could put it is the kitchen - which is unacceptable. 

Today I wondered if I might have to kennel her at night. I will have to buy one and will, if I need to. She has had complete freedom since she came to live with us at age 8 weeks, so I don't know how she would deal with being caged. But I wonder if that might be the way to handle it. 

What do you think? 

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Miss Moppet is a Pain. Literally.

I don't know what we're going to do with this cat! She has become a pain to deal with  Last night I was sitting in my chair; she jumped up on my lap, bit the crap out of my arm and sped off as if I were going to chase her. She brought blood.

At 2:30 am, she jumped on my bed, bit my wrist and sped away as she had before. My arm looks like I was chasing bunnies through a blackberry patch!

My vet suggested that I pop her on the nose when she bites me, and I do. The result of that is that she bites me even harder. Believe me, a pop on the nose is no deterrent to her! She draws back and attacks even harder. 

Every time my husband gets up to walk into another room, she manages to get between his feet (no matter how far away she is when he gets up) and seemingly attempts to trip him. He walks with  cane and his balance is lacking. If she is not between his feet, she is lying across the area where he needs to walk, and he cannot move in that direction. We are afraid that he will fall and break a hip. 

To combat this, the vet said to give her a poke with the cane; a more than gentle poke, so that she understands she must move. Jim can't do that without losing his balance, so I must get up and come to his rescue. Needless to say - I am getting tired of it. 

She has nearly shredded parts of my leather recliner, and I blame myself for that. I should have taught her as a young kitten not to do that. I tried, but she seemed not to be getting the idea - even when I sprayed her with one of the three mist bottles I kept nearby. 

We love her, but we find ourselves losing patience with her and with each other because of her. Whenever we have company, Jim insists that I put her in the bedroom for the duration, even if the person(s) say they love cats. She seems to be able to choose the very one who does not like her, and proceed to walk all other them and the furniture they are seated on. She is lovable and sweet most of the time, but a devil all too often.  We thought that when she got to be one year old, she would calm down, but she has not.  I don't know what to do.