Saturday, January 16, 2021

Seventeenth Anniversary

Who ever expected my blog to run for so long? Surely not me. In the first few weeks, I was determined to write, but I had little of an idea of what to write about. I have deleted some of the first posts because they were so inane. Perhaps I ought to do that to many of them? If I listened to my children, I would. HAHA. Of course, I don't post with the frequency I used to in the beginning. Facebook has spoiled us all; we get used to writing short blasts and undertaking a long post feels like working too hard. But I do still have readers, and I feel guilty if I go too long without posting. I wish some of thowse readers would leave comments. I know they have been there, as the stats show me....but it would be nice to know what you think or if you have a similar experience. I enjoy seeing the monthly stats that show what my favorite post has been....and invariably, there are two that show up: are my two most popular. Some of you may not have read them when they were posted. Perhaps you can read them now? Feel free to comment, espcially if this rings a bell with you!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

A quote from Mr. Rogers....

"The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others." I wanted to put space between the quote and my post, but it won't let me! I was very fortunate to find something to do in life that made me very happy, as well as putting food on the table, so to speak. For the whole time I was a florist, I was never happier than when I was surrounded by fresh flowers, whether in my garage, or working for a shop. There is nothing like the smell of a flower shop, and once experienced, you develop a longing for that aroma. I have not worked much at all since I had open-heary surgery in 2014, except for helping Mel Day, when we decorated the N.C. Governors' Mansion for Christmas in 2018-19. Altogether, I did that for 6 different governors. It is the very best place to work and I cannot tell you how much I miss it, but at age is not possible any longer. More's the pity. As Mr. Rogers said, I had "obvious delight in doing what I love and I loved it in front of others": first the events at NCMA for 12 years, and weddings galore (for 28 years) and lastly, the Governors Mansion work. From time to time, I post a photo from my FB memories of previous work, more for my enjoyment than yours. It helps me recall specific events and memories of the wonderful people who worked with me over the years. I was always fortunate to have good friends in the business who would help me when they were not busy with their own events, and most of my clients were a joy to interact with. Even more fortunate was having so many people who asked me to help with their weddings or those of their children. For a few people, I did multiple weddings, and while I always hated to hear that one of "my" brides was getting divorced, I relished the ability to do a second or third wedding! I had few points of contention over the years....but not many ever had a problem with my work or my charges. The few who were were quickily dispatched with easy explanations. Most people were understanding - since weather related delays and changes cannot be helped. I had a wedding a few days after a huge hurricane tore through this area, and after large snowstorms deposited many inches of snow or ice. It as always difficult, but thanks to the help of friends, I "came through" for my clients. God, how I miss it. Even the stressful times, because after being able to provide what a client expects and making them happy, I got a huge boost of serotonin!! Maybe that is what I Were you able to do what you loved?

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Christmas 2020.....

will not go down in our memories as one of the best. On the contrary.... We celebrate with family on Christmas Eve, and it rained all day - preventing us from congregating in the garage and on the driveway, as we have done for every holiday and birthday since Covid came on the scene. Our son and his girls arrived at lunch time, bearing Bojangles' biscuits for all. We wanted to eat lightly, to save room for the feast that our grandson Jamie was cooking: Prime rib and all the fixings! Friends arrived with gifts of food: home-made biscotti, banana bread, chocolate chess pie, Ghirardelli chocolates and Person County fresh sausage - which we always enjoy! The whole famiy, plus assorted girl and boyfriends were going to come over for dinner, but the rain put an end to that. So our daughter brought us each a plate of prime rib, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cheesecake for Jim. We enjoyed it all of course, but we were sad that we could not have our usual group. Since I have fallen twice in the last 4-5 daughter gave me an iWatch for my birthday (Oct.) and Christmas. If I fall, the watch detects it and if I don't respond to their message, the watch calls EMS for me. I must admit I do feel safer now, wearing it. When I broke my wrist, it was nearly impossible to get up off the floor, but I finally made it. At least now, I know I'll not lie there, unable to move. Jim and I quit gifting each other quite a few years ago. Now and then, I'll buy a book for him. but sice he became wheel-chair bound, his eyes have worsened and he has been unable to make it to his eye-doctor. He can't read much in one sitting. I read to him sometimes, but I start yawning, making it difficult to continue. He goes in for a Pacemaker on Wednesday and we are putting a lot of faith in what it will do for him. Wish us luck and I'll keep you posted about the outcome.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Long Time No See

Thanksgiving has come and gone, along with my 80th birthday, and Christmas is upon us. I hope all of you are staying home, wearing masks and washing your hands often! Staying covid-free should be our motto. We are both okay, I am trying hard to get over breaking my wrist, but it isn't easy. I re-injured it a few days ago when I got into a wheel-chair - accessible van with Jim, who had a doctor's appointment. I placed my hand on the seat to steady myself as I got up into the van, and inadvertantly bent it back too far. Darn, that hurt. That van is higher off the road than most vans, and I had to push harder to get up into it. I wish they had a handle somewhere to hang onto, but they don't. Jim had pneumonia and the first time he went to the ER, they said it was viral. They put him on antibiotics to stave off any secndary infections.....he got better for 2 days and then he back-slid into more coughing. That's when I knew his pneumonia was not viral. He went back to the ER, and this time they said it IS bacterial. They admitted him and gave him IV antibiotics for 2 days and he was much better. He is home now....coughing less....but he has absolutely NO energy. He willl get a Pacemaker on December 30th, if all is well by then. WE hope that will increase his energy by a lot. It will certainly make my life much easier. I'll try to post more often, but it is hard to type with a brace on.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Birthday doings....


Nancy's excellent cookies

Nancy's pretty flowers

Darren's photograph

Moppet on my ice pack

My balloon from Nancy!

My birthday started well, and then we took Jim to the cardiologist, where we learned that he has to have a pacemaker installed and then an ablation procedure. You might imagine the day went downhill after that - and you'd be right.  He was not a happy camper.  He has never been a fan of people in the medical profession.....our nurse daughter is not included in that....but he gets testy when he hears that he needs to go to a hospital for anything. He doesn't even like to visit people in a hospital.  

However, we got to spend time with all three of our kids and one granddaughter, and I got calls from 2 others.  That always makes me happy. My son gave me a framed photo of a sunrise at Myrtle Beach that he took earlier this year. Isn't it beautiful? Love that orange color!

Things got better about dinner time,  when a granddaughter arrived bearing dinner from Lucky 32. I got my favorite catfish, served with creamy grits and collard greens. Everyone else had their choice of meals and then we split desserts - peanut butter pie and apple pie.  The peanut butter pie was excellent! We also had coconut pineapple cake and chocolate cream cake, supplied by our son. 

This afternoon, my friend Nancy Hart arrived with cookies, flowers and a balloon. That lifted my spirits higher - except we can't really visit well due to the pandemic.  WE are going to try to get together again soon, when it is warm enough to sit outside and talk.

Crazy Moppet!  I had applied an ice pack to my arm this afternoon, and when done, I dropped it on the floor - and Moppet promptly lay down on it. Nutty cat....she has no injury that I know of, but maybe she was too warm.  

Our older grandson came to see us this afternoon; he has been out of town for a while, and it is always good to see him (even if it was behind a mask!)

All in all, it was a decent birthday. I never expected to live to be 80, but here I am. It is definitely better than the alternative!  

Friday, October 23, 2020

It's hard to type....

 I broke my wrist in the last week of September. I'll post again as soon as I can type easily.

Monday, September 28, 2020