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.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Another Busy Week + a book recommendation

Three lunches out, plus Thirsty Thursday, which didn't get interrupted by storms this week - just 90* temps.  Two more people showed up, for a total of 10. We are meeting our neighbors two by two. I made cucumber/cream cheese/lemon sandwiches for thirsty Thursday; no one was hungry (saying they had just eaten dinner). That didn't stop Jim, and he devoured the whole platter. Only one other man ate one. Maybe for the next one, I'll be a bit less ambitious. 

Today we decided to go see the Saturday movie at our clubhouse. I was late getting ready, and when we arrived, the movie had already started. We got off the elevator and saw 250 people staring at us....LOL.  There were no chairs; I had to borrow one from the pottery studio and Jim sat on his walker.  He couldn't see the screen and I couldn't hear the dialog - so it was a wash out for us. We have decided that the next time we want to see the movie (one is shown every Saturday) we will go at 1pm! And hopefully, I will not forget my hearing aids (again.) The movie was good; Blythe Danner, Mary Kay Place, Sam Elliott and a few others. The title was "I'll See You in My Dreams"

After the movie, we decided to eat an early dinner at the restaurant our granddaughter is working in this summer., called Hickory Tavern. We have been there three times so far, and the food is pretty good. She had just finished her shift, so she sat with us and had a salad. It is good to have grandchildren nearby!!

I had to choose and read quickly a new book for the book club, since the club meeting was cancelled this week, and won'r be held again until July. I ordered "A Man Called Ove" and I have read over half of it. It will make you laugh and cry, often at the same time. There are some very interesting phrases, and I was reminded of both my father and my husband in the character of Ove, the curmudgeon. I think most people will like this book. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Busy, Busy Week

and no let up in sight!  (which makes me happy)

Thirsty Thursdays (mentioned in my last post) had to be shortened due to intense storms arising. But it was nice while it lasted (an hour) and we met 4-5 people who we had not met before. There is a very nice group here and we are pleased to get to know some of them.

Friday night we invited our across-the-street neighbors over for dessert and coffee - a pay-back for their entertaining us in Feb. They were due to come here in March, but then I fell and broke my collarbone and it had to be postponed. It was nice to renew our acquaintance and I think they enjoyed it too. 

Today I did something that I have wanted to do for ten long years.  In 2006, I started reading a blog written by a woman who lived in Raleigh at the time, but she was from my home town (Charleston, WV). Seven years ago, she and her family moved back there - and although I visit Charleston from time to time - I despaired of ever meeting 
Jennifer. I had to make do with being Facebook friends.  Today, I did meet her!!  She is in Raleigh this weekend, visiting friends, and I made the cut!   LOL  We met at a gelato/coffee shop and had one of each. It was way too short (only one hour) but we both had dinner plans, and had to part. She is every bit as nice and sweet as I always imagined she would be; as well as very accomplished - even though we didn't talk about her work today - and I would love to know more about it. 

Dinner tonight was at a restaurant nearby where one of my grandchildren is a waitperson. We couldn't sit at her table, but we had a nice dinner and she came to see us as often as her tables allowed.  I had blackened tilapia and it was very tasty. 

I think that tomorrow (when we have nothing planned) I may sit in my chair and read all day long!  I need a rest after last week, and I need to finish the book for our book club, which meets here in ten days.  200 more pages will do it.