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.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Our New Neighborhood...

has something for everyone to do or get involved in and I pity the people who don't take advantage of the offerings.

On Sunday afternoon, The Veteran's group put on a fund-raiser for the local USO, and about 85 people attended. They showed a compilation video of comedy films from the 50's through the 70's; and two emcees announced the shows. They also had two contests and a raffle. The contests were to name shows or people in comedy TV and each table submitted answers to 15+ questions. It was fun trying to remember who did what. The only hiccup came when they couldn't get the video working at first, but then "an expert" in the audience helped and all was well.

We were told to bring food and drinks for the table, and so we did!  We had invited 2 friends of ours who are big supporters of the USO. She brought an authentic antipasto plate; salami and prosciutto with cheeses, olives and pickles, as well as small bags of chips, pretzels and popcorn. I took deviled eggs (25) and small sandwiches of either chicken salad or pimiento cheese, with a partial jar of homemade pickles (which are dynamite) and no, I didn't make them! We also had wine, beer, soda, and Pellegrino sparkling water. 

It was a good thing that we brought all that food, since our 4 tablemates had failed to see the memo about bringing anything. We were happy to share; they were grateful and pleasant company and a good time was had by all. 

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

We Drank the Kool-aid

I worry about four years of a presidency with a man who thinks climate change/global warming was made up by the Chinese, that Putin is a good leader, and Hitler might be a good role model.
           I worry about the next four years with a man who thinks bankruptcy is a preferred method for getting 
           out of debt.
I worry about four years with a man who often refuses to pay his working men and small businesses because he doesn't like the result of their work. Or that he believes he knows more than the Generals do, and doesn't need advisors.
I worry about the next four years with a man who has been married three times, cheated on his wives and thinks he would date his daughter if he were not her dad. A man who speaks of "grabbing pussies" and "dropping to your knees". 
          I worry about  four years with men who will repeal our health insurance and have not told us with what                 they will replace it. With men who will repeal Roe v. Wade, and have little thought to the women who have          benefitted from it, or mothers who will die if they don't have an abortion (especially those with other                     children to raise.)

          I worry about having a First Lady whose nude photos are available all over the internet. And a man who                thinks it is okay to walk into the dressing rooms of Miss America contestants and ogle their bodies.  I                   worry about illegal aliens who work hard and send money home to their families, but must be sent home             because they didn't come into this country the right way. I worry about their children, who were born here,           but may have to go to the parents "former home" because their parents are being deported. I worry about           Syrian children who are orphaned by war and have nowhere to go.

          I don't like a man who speaks of any woman, saying "fat pig" , "bitch" and that to be a "10", you can't be             flat-chested. I don't like a man like that and I cannot imagine the next four years with him as president of               the  best   country in the world. 

         I know that many of you are tired of hearing me say it.....it will take time to process, so I ask you to bear                with me as I try to figure out how I can live with what has happened; it won't be easy.

*Note: blogger is being weird tonight - please excuse the odd spacing. I can't figure out how to repair it. 



Thursday, November 03, 2016

A Birthday Celebration - and Other Stuff

On the 29th  (the day before my birthday), my three children and several granddaughters gathered for a spectacular meal, cooked by my son-in-law. He made beef Wellington, stuffed mushrooms and chocolate chess pie - all of which were excellent! We enjoyed the meal and the company of each other. One granddaughter had just returned from a trip to Northern Ireland and Scotland, to visit her handsome boyfriend, whom she met last summer while attending classes at Edinburgh University. Now she is back home at UNC - Chapel Hill. The other one is in school at UNC - Greensboro, so they are both close enough to come often. We are fortunate to have four of them so close by! One grandson went to the NSCU football game and his brother was returning from a conference in Spartanburg, SC, where he presented a paper. The baby is in the flag patrol at her school, and they had a performance that day. 

On October 31st, I bought new hearing aids. It is so pleasant to be able to hear people and not have to ask them to repeat everything!! I go back in 2 weeks for any adjustments that might be necessary, but so far, they are working well. I am having to get used to hearing more noise than I've heard in years. I went to a restaurant today for lunch and I nearly removed the hearing aids - that place was so noisy!!

I got my teeth cleaned this morning - and it was long overdue. I had an appointment in March, which I had to cancel because I broke my collar bone. I am just now getting around to it. I love the feel of clean teeth!

This Saturday, my daughter and I will go to an appraisal fair (with Antiques Roadshow), held here in Cary. Each person can take 3 items, so we will have six things to appraise. I hope I get lucky and find out something is worth more than I have thought. I doubt I have anything worth thousands, but you never know.....LOL. Unfortunately, you have to carry anything you take - they do not provide carts or dollies. I'm going to pack my things in a rolling suitcase.  If I find that I have anything of value, you'll be the first to know. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Eating Out Again!

  • The ladies (twenty of us) from my new neighborhood went to Maggiano's in Durham last week. I ordered eggplant Parmesan and one to take home. They have at least six or seven entrees where you can order one and take one home - and they don't have to be the same foods. Interesting concept!  The food is good, but the marinara sauce is a bit too tart for my taste. Jim likes it, though, so he had that for dinner that night.
Last night we went to dinner at Lugano's in Cary with our across the street neighbors. It is a very nice ristorante, with good ambiance, and (as of last night) - poor service.  We ordered; then waited - and waited - and waited. I noticed that people in a booth behind us were seated well after we were and they were served much sooner. A question as to why elicited a response that the "meatballs" took longer. Apparently they ran out and had to make more. I wish they had told us earlier in the process.  By the time our meals came, we were all so hungry that we literally attacked the food. I had shrimp oreganato, a Caesar salad and for dessert - the 


Italian donuts tossed in cinnamon-sugar and drizzled with our homemade caramel rum sauce. Served warm with vanilla ice cream. This stuff is Heaven on a plate. Be sure to save room for it!!

When the bills came, they were all messed up. They had my entree with the neighbors and vice versa. It wasn't a huge problem, but it took time to redo them. By that time, we had been sitting in one spot for almost 4 hours. People of a certain age can't do that and expect to be able to move quickly afterward.....LOL  We were assured that our neighbors have been to that restaurant many times and the service has always been good before. I guess it just wasn't our night.

I just looked at my post list and discovered one I wrote 2 months ago about eating out. I lamented the fact that my clothes were all getting too small; now I am making it worse!

Sunday is my birthday, and tomorrow the family is gathering for a dinner. It will be great to see everyone again, but I am sure to eat too much again. Somebody slap me!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Can we please agree to limit the use of.......

a few words that are being overused lately?

Sometimes I think if  hear the words awesome and amazing again, I'll scream. That is the reason I sometimes mute the sound if I am watching HGTV. When the clients are shown their newly re-done homes, they shout "Oh, my God (or goodness), this is "awesome" and or "amazing". It doesn't seem to matter which program it is; they all do it. Geez, people, there are other adjectives available to a person who reads and occasionally checks the dictionary or thesaurus. 

It happens on award shows too; especially on the red carpet?  "Who are you wearing?"  "Oh, you look amazing!"  "Those shoes are amazing!"  Your dress is "awesome!"  On and on, ad nauseum.

How about fabulous, wonderful, gorgeous, terrific, beautiful, exquisite.......and the like?  Or awe-inspiring, which preceded the new, shorter word "awesome."

Don't mind me - I was in a nasty mood when I thought of this post.  But my spirits were lifted two days ago. I got a message in email saying that I had a package delivery coming on Monday. I couldn't recall buying anything, so I thought I had ordered something and forgotten it. "I can't be that bad, can I?" I said to myself, not wanting Jim to overhear.  

My granddaughter came over after lunch and when the package arrived, she got it off the porch for me. From the size and shape of the box, I thought it might be a dress. I proceeded to open it and got the shock of my life - it was a laptop computer!!  My granddaughter looked very knowing, so I asked her if she was aware of this delivery. She admitted she was - her mom had ord. ered it for me and she was here to help me get it set up.  YAY!  Considering all the trouble I had been having with my old laptop, I am supremely happy with this new one.  It is an early birthday present!  Thanks to both my daughters for all the blessings they give me, just by virtue of being in the world. My son is a blessing too, of course. We are going to his home for a meal this Sunday, and looking forward to it! I am a lucky woman!