Monday, January 16, 2017

Blogaversary!! or Blogiversary!!

No matter how you spell it - I've just missed one.  I started blogging on January 16, 2005.  Little did I know then that I'd still be at it in 2017!  Twelve years is a long time, and one might argue that few have enough to say (on a regular basis) to keep up a blog for so long - but I have always talked too much, so it figures that I'd write too much as well.

Not much of note is going on; today is book club in my neighborhood, as well as a movie of a previous book "A Man Called Ove."  I have already seen the movie, but it is good enough to merit a second look! WE will bring bag lunches to eat after the movie and before the book meeting. The book this month is "The Little Paris Bookshop" and I heartily recommend it. Tomorrow is Scrabble Club - which I always enjoy. It is a semi-regular group of smart, fun women who enjoy playing Scrabble both in person and on-line. 

On Thursday, I will attend the first meeting of the club for women named Judy (since I have lived here.) I am told there are about 40 of us; of course, not everyone can attend every get-together. I am looking forward to meeting quite a few of them.

P.S.  The UTI was banished quickly, thanks to Keflex. And thanks to the doc, who gave me a script for taking a smaller dose four times a day, I had no side effects from the meds!  This is the first time I have ever taken an antibiotic that I didn't also have terrible side effects. So I was able to get my facial and go to Scrabble with no problems!!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Not a Great Way to Start the New Year.....

in an urgent care.  It's nothing serious - a UTI - which I apparently have had for 4 days, and should have seen the doc on Fri. or Sat.   I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't:  my daughters are always chastising me. If I go to the doctor for something - I am jumping the gun and "always going to the doc for something." If I don't go - I am ridiculous and not taking care of my health.

What to do?

I am now on antibiotics; which may put the damper on scheduled activities, such as a facial on Tuesday and a birthday luncheon on Wednesday for a friend. I have been very healthy for the past year or so, except for breaking my collarbone, and having to curtail my doings bothers me. I hate to be limited in what I can do. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Our Family Christmas ~ 2016

was celebrated today, again - at my daughter's home. All three of our children, assorted spouses, a girlfriend, her son and six grandchildren were there. Two of our granddaughters were out of town; one in Ireland and the other in Virginia. We hope to have both of them back home safe and sound in a few weeks. 

We got smart regarding food!  Instead of cooking for days, as we did before Thanksgiving, we ordered take-out from both a Chinese and an Italian restaurant. While it was not cheap, it was definitely worth it!

I had stuffed clams and a chocolate, bourbon bread pudding with mascarpone and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Maggiano's outdid themselves!  There are no pics - I ate it all too quickly. 

Everyone was stuffed to the gills and seemed to be happy with their choices. Afterward, we separated into groups to watch football, talk or simply rest our stomachs.

It was a very nice gathering; I hope that for all of you tomorrow. Have a very Merry Christmas and the best year ever in 2017!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Christmas Spirit.....

I don't have any yet - but I'm working on it. Luckily, some others I have come in contact with are loaded with it....

In cold weather, the tailgate on my van will not stay up. When I need to load the groceries or other packages, I have to raise it, jump under it and hope that the tailgate doesn't fall quickly enough to hurt me. So last week, I was in the parking lot with a cart full and trying to get the tailgate to stay up long enough to load the bags, and it was starting to rain.  

A nice man approached and grabbed the tailgate with one hand and some bags with the other - and proceeded to load the car for me. I tried to grab a bag or two, but he wouldn't let me and he stood there until he had loaded every bag. 

Then he asked if he could take the cart back to the store for me - and he did. As he walked away, I yelled out "Merry Christmas" and he said the same - as did several others who were in earshot. That got me started to have at least a little bit of the spirit of Christmas. 

Do you have it yet?   

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Last Night in My Old Neighborhood

Our annual women's Christmas Party and Gift Exchange too place last night and a good time was had by all.  The tree was lit
 was another
and the whole house was decorated from stem to stern!

The kitchen garland really lights up the place, as does the hurricane, sporting cranberries and limes.

The foods were excellent, as usual. We had heavy hors d'oeuvres this year, instead of a sit-down meal - proving to be much easier for the hostess - who didn't have to seat (formally) 27 people for dinner. The pic below is of the buffet, but after we had gone through and made our selections.

The desserts were great too. Lemon bars, chocolate cake, petit fours and other stuff.

We all brought some foods for donation and there was quite a pile of it - I forgot to take a pic.

The annual gift exchange is always fun; here are a few of the women enjoying the gifts.

Here is the gift I got; a lit "present", currently lighting up my kitchen pass through. A silver, glittered ornament was also included. know it will last a long time - even after the lights burn out.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

TOO Busy!! Plus Christmas Decor at The NC Governor's Mansion 2016

I worked last week, for the first time since last Christmas. I was working with the crew decorating the NC Governor's Mansion (Mel Day, Dogwood Tree Florals) , as I have for the last 12-15 years. We didn't know who the governor would be until yesterday; but now we have a new one! 

I am fortunate that my boss understands that I need to rest often. He had me make lots of bows, which I can do while sitting. Then when I felt rested, I got up and made fresh greenery arrangements. It is a perfect way for me to be able to work, and I can't tell you how much I enjoy it. 

When we finished the Mansion, I volunteered to help decorate the club house here in our neighborhood. I went up there, but all I needed to do was "fluff" wreaths. After about 25 of those - and 2 hours - I left.  I was the only volunteer, and I was not about to do it all by myself.

On Monday we got haircuts and pedicures. Today, I got my new hearing aids checked.  The right one has a problem, so they ordered a replacement (it is under warranty) and I should have it by the end of the week. It rained and was chilly all day, and I was out in it too much. I also went to Sam's and Wal-Mart, then picked up lunch and went to the clubhouse to play Scrabble. After that, I went to my daughter's home to let her dog out, and then picked up Mexican food for dinner. I left home at 9:40 this morning and got back at 4:45 pm. Whew!!

Tomorrow night, I go to a party at the Governor's Mansion for the people who worked on decorating it, plus the docents for the mansion. I will take more photos then and post them later.  

I hope you are busy and getting ready for the Holiday Season!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The "Old Neighborhood" has plenty to offer too....

This is my friend Nancy's home, decorated for Thankgiving. She hosted our book club on Tuesday night. We discussed "Salt to the Sea" by Ruta Sepetys. We all liked the book - but we're tired of reading about WW2 and Nazis!!

The table was set so nicely, with a bountiful centerpiece and "crackers" for each plate. I think we were supposed to keep them, but we all thought they were just decor.  

This darling turkey graced one end of the mantel. I hope his foot doesn't get singed  when the fire goes on!

The sideboard had its own decoration and candles too.  Too bad we didn't get any pics of the foods, but we had great appetizers, salad, scalloped potatoes, green beans, roasted pork loin and apples, and cupcakes and brownies for dessert.  It was all yummy, as usual. We have chosen our next book - "The Little Paris Bookshop", by Nina George.