Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Singing the same old tune....

Busy - Busy - Busy

Had you told me in 2014, prior to my open heart surgery that I would be busier five years later than I was when I still had my business.....I would have said you were crazy. 

But that was before I knew I would live in a Del Webb over 55+ community, where there is something to do 24-7. Every single day!

The new year has started off with a bang! New Year's Day, I went with a friend to see Mary, Queen of Scots. The next day, I had an appointment at UNC Dental School, to get (finally) the partial plate I had been fitted for in 2018. It fits perfectly! In fact, it fits so well that I was able to cancel the next appointment, which was set up to correct any problems I might be having with the appliance. I am happy to say it has caused me no trouble whatsoever. If you need dental work done, and you have a major university dental school nearby, I recommend that you go there for treatment. It will be much less costly, even though it may take longer for the treatment than you might hope. 

On the 5th, we saw "Christopher Robin", a very sweet movie, especially for children (and grandmothers.) On the 12th, we were treated to a performance by Carolina Preserve's own "Preservatives", five guys who love to play and sing 50's and 60 music. They are very good, and the group was so popular that there was standing room only - and no room for a dance floor. Last Saturday's movie was "A Quiet Passion", about  the life of Emily Dickinson. If you go see it, I suggest you be a life-long, passionate devotee of her and her poetry. It is long, slow and dare I say boring? I told my friends that it ought to be titled "A Cautionary Tale", as Emily was such a judgmental, angry woman that she drove everyone away from her, including possible suitors.

Sunday the 13th was a favorite day; we saw a documentary titled "Three Identical Strangers". I think it is on Netflix too.  It is about three boys, born triplets, who were  all adopted out to different families in the 60's. They learned of each other when one of the boys went to a college that his (unknown to him, brother,) had attended. As an adopted kid, I was very interested in seeing it. It was heart-warming to watch when the boys all got together for the first time (age 19, I think). They were so much alike, although they were each raised in different families; one affluent, one middle class and one in a lower socio-economic level. 

However, the most intriguing part was when they learned that they were separated at birth willingly, by the adoption agency, so that a psychologist could study the boys throughout life, to see if nature was more effective then nurture in determining their personalities. Neither the boys or their adoptive parents were happy to learn that!

Tuesdays are my regular Scrabble playing days, and once a month, we bring lunch and start 30 minutes early. On the 10th, I attended a class on Carmen, the opera, which will finish up tomorrow morning. 

On Friday, I will have lunch with a new friend, and we may see a movie too. 

Sunday, I will attend a concert by a group of singers, held in a church.Wednesday brings Jim's birthday, and an ice-cream tasting party. On the 25th, I and a friend will work the Scrabble table at the annual Club Expo, where our clubhouse shines a spotlight on all the clubs available to join here in our neighborhood. There are over 100 clubs here. Coming up is a treasure hunt, dinner out, and a party to celebrate the Chinese New Year, a theater performance and another party. 

I have also been doing physical therapy twice a week since early December. Whew! It makes me tired to read it. 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Our Family Christmas....2018

This year, we gathered at our grandson's townhouse for our family Christmas gathering. He cooked prime rib and we all contributed something. There were two granddaughters and two grandsons and a spouse missing, but the rest of us had fun anyway. 

Three of the people in this photo just returned from a Caribbean cruise, so they are 4-5 shades tanner than everyone else.

We played trivia games on the computer/TV, and although neither Jim nor I understood what was happening, we enjoyed it and tried to play along.  

Now, we are back home, dozing and waiting for Santa. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

What's Up With.....

the legs of men's pants?   

They are so tight now that it appears most might not be able to sit down in them. There is no grace or proportion to a man's suit that ends in pegged pants. Plus, the hems are above the ankle, in most cases, showing their socks. I think this look is horrible. Do you?

The Australian TV show....Rake? on Netflix.  I loved every minute of the five seasons available, and I am devastated to learn that there will be no move episodes. WHY???????

with men?  they push one button on the coffee pot and act as if they have cooked a whole meal!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

I Should Have Known.....

all the signs were there!

On Monday, I sneezed at least 5 times. On Tuesday, my nose ran like a faucet, and I was cold all day. By Tuesday night, my eyes were burning. When I woke up on Wednesday, with a raging headache,  it was obvious I had a cold. 

Why did it take me so long to realize it? Tomorrow will be a week, and I still have a runny nose and headache. I guess this is a ten-day cold. Bah humbug! I have not been able to decorate for Christmas and if I can't get it done within the next few days, I might as well not bother. Now, Jim is getting a cold too.  Ugh. 

Five of my family members are on a Caribbean cruise and I really wish I was well and able to go with them!  They are lounging in 80* weather, drinking and eating as much as they want, while looking over a gloriously blue/green ocean. Sounds like Heaven to me, especially the 80* part!  

We went straight from summer to winter this year; we had maybe 2 days of fall. At this rate I will never get our garage cleared out. It has been either way too hot or too cold to stand in it and decide what to keep and what to toss, so now it looks like an old episode of "Sanford and Son".  

I hope my cold leaves soon and that we have some moderate weather and I have the time to sort, donate and clean out. Wish me luck on that, please?

Saturday, December 01, 2018

The Governor's Mansion and a North Carolina Symphony visit

For approximately the 15th year, I worked at the Governor's Mansion, helping Mel Day (Dogwood Tree Florals) to decorate for Christmas. When we started doing it, many years ago, it took us 4 days straight. We were able to cut that to 3 days a few years ago and this year, it took 2 days for most of it. The large wreaths and garlands for outside had not been delivered yet, so they were done another day by the mansion staff. But I made most of the red velvet bows.

The current governor's wife, Ms. Kristin Cooper, did not want the decorations to be too fancy or over the top - so we toned it down a bit. Each item is more in scale to the mansion and there are not as many arrangements as before. There are 4 very tall trees and they are full of ornaments. There were 5-6 of us doing the decorating.  

I worked briefly at the mansion 2 years ago, but this was the first time I have worked since then, and prior to that before my heart surgery on 2014. To say I am out of practice is putting it mildly! But I enjoyed it and it was nice to try and rediscover the skills I used to have when I was in business. Public tours of the mansion start this Thursday.

Posting photos is difficult from this computer, but I will try later.

On Friday, a group from my current neighborhood went to see/hear the NC Symphony. They played a holiday program; consisting of both Christmas and Hannukah songs. It was lovely. We sat on the 4th row and the violins and violas were so close I could almost reach out and touch them.The sound was so rich and melodic!  There is nothing like live music!

After the music, 5 of us went to Caffe Luna for lunch. I had scallops, which were very good. 3 of the women had lasagna, which was deemed excellent. Afterward, we returned home without incident.....but I was exhausted. It seems as if that is my current state. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Busy Holiday

On Wednesday night, we had two old friends from out of town for dinner. I kept it simple, seeing as how I was hosting 15 for dinner on Thanksgiving - I served homemade soup and a salad and rolls, with pumpkin bread for dessert. We had a nice time; it is always good to see this couple, whom we have known since before they were a couple.  Sally and Sam are fun and interesting people!!

You can see yesterday's post about Thanksgiving.

On Sunday, we hosted 3 friends from "back home"; my high-school class president, David Hart, his wife, Wanda, and their sister-in-law, Nancy, widow of David's brother, Dick. Prior to Dick's passing, we had visited with them here, but David and Wanda had not been here before. Having them visit was on my "bucket list" and we finally made that happen!

My husband has always said the nicest people in the world come from WV, and his opinion only got stronger after meeting David and Wanda, and seeing Nancy again. We had a lovely visit, for which I baked an apple pie and served some pumpkin bread and cookies, with hot tea, their drink of choice.

As I get older, I enjoy entertaining more and more....I wish I could host all of you for pie or cake and tea or coffee!! All I forgot was to take a photo! I guess I was having too much fun!

Tomorrow morning, we start decorating the Governor's Mansion for Christmas. I'll be in my element, so to speak, having fun, I'm sure - but since this is the first time I have worked in two years, I will be exhausted!  I'll be back when I can.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Belated Happy Thanksgiving to All!

We had a gathering here yesterday, of our whole family - less a few out-of-towners, fifteen in all, adding a few boyfriends and a girlfriend.   We ordered food from The Fresh Market and it was pretty good. A few extras were made, such as my sausage dressing and someone brought mac and cheese. I also baked a 3 pound turkey breast, and had I not done so, we would have run out of turkey. Add hot rolls, 4 pies, pumpkin bread and cookies, we were well fed and sated!

Everyone seemed to be in a good mood; which is nice, of course. In years past, there always seemed to be one person who had the proverbial red a**, maybe two.

I look at my friend's photos of their lovely families and I am envious. When I try to take pics, I get met with hands over faces, or people who look away. One daughter told me that had she known I was going to want pics, she'd have dressed better and done her makeup. Never mind that she is always beautiful, made-up or not, and what she had on was perfectly acceptable. 

She says if I want a group photo at Christmas, I need to tell everyone ahead of time, and ask them to dress accordingly. Okay, consider yourselves told. At Christmas, I want to take a photo of everyone!!! And yes, I will post it here, as well as Instagram. 

We missed those who were not with us, and hope we will see them soon. I hope you and your families/friends had a great Thanksgiving!