Saturday, August 27, 2016

How Could I Forget THIS One?

"Reach out"  The media always reaches out.  The can't possible just contact reach out.  EVERYone in media  uses that phrase.  Reach out implies you are feeling empathy, sympathy, concern, all the other terms that I will spare you from.  "Contacted" is more like it as far as the media's use of the word is concerned.  The false implication of concern  they don't even realize they are doing, is annoying.  Gosh I'm on a roll here with overused inappropriate phrasing in media!

Meanwhile, I am pruning back, or trying to, my use of exclamation marks from a constant THREE of them when I wanted to emphasize something to a mere one!  Now, if I could prune back my over-use of commas I think I would be cited for some writing awardie.  I am the comma QUEEN!

I have aways used ellipsis throughout my writing of anything.  Stories, blogs, you name it. They come in handy but I had to break myself from too many of them as well.  And no one can write in phrases more so than I.  I have no idea where or when I picked up that habit.  Wait.  I think I do know.  It was during  my career where a written documentation of all conversations, telephone particularly  or otherwise was of vital importance so I invented  my own shorthand out of necessity.

Here..have a cookie with that coffee and you over there, pull up a chair.  Plenty of room here at the table.

Whoops...carry on while I steam clean the bathroom floor.  WAY overdue for a good thorough cleaning.  Like Arnold, I'll be back.

See the heron?  I got him (along with the chiggers) in the wetlands.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

And Then...

Guys, I loved all the additions you all put in, in the last blog.  One I may have forgotten...too lazy to go back and look right now--- is the phrase "change up".  Please.  Just say change.  WHY is the word "up" such a grand additions?  This awful phrase has been going on a good six years or more.   But who's counting, right?  The ol' "having said that" is right up there too!!

  I had included all my loathed words in the last paragraph of my last blog, trying to be funny.   *Whispers*... I don't think anyone noticed my feeble attempts.

Ennyhoo, I love reading your own "suddenly tired of" phrases and please use my blog to add them in any time you feel like it.  Doesn't matter the subject matter I may have posted about.  Tired phrases are always fun to read as we see we're not alone!

This just in  ;-)  Sitting here with my bottle of A&W diet root beer.  Slugging away at it and almost done.

Oh.  Meant to say...I started a diet about three weeks ago.  One thing I wound up doing from the git-go was cease any bread/sandwiches/baked goods.  Not sure why I did that.  They are not evil.  I think I was trying to cut the intake of carbs and that seemed to be a good way.  Simple carbs.  Not complex carbs though I have not had hardly any taters in those three weeks.  I love potatoes in any form except  potato soup. So it HAS been a little bit harder for me to avoid much of those however.  Sugary type things are easier to avoid because the craving goes away after several weeks of having none.  I do have fruit smoothies though and a banana to hold me when I am extra hungry.  I dislike bananas, but I will eat them when I am desperate.

It's lunch time and I believe I will head into the kitchen and have my strawberry smoothie.  I use a cup of skim milk, 2 T of Hersey's Lite chocolate syrup at 40 calories  for two T.,  a cup of cut up fresh strawberries (I have found some great ones in a local store that taste GOOD!  Not like the wooden tasting hard things in other places), a sweetener packet, some ice cubes and turn the blender on.  Um Um Good.

My usual mish mash of talking.  I feel as though I am sitting at the kitchen table with you.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Things I am Suddenly Tired of + Reading the comments is a whole other blog and fun too.

Tain't much, that which I am tired of.  Just a few phrases that are over-used so much.  If words could ravel and turn ratty and worn, these several phrases would.

Come on media and TV talking heads...really now.  Can you change up  (that's one phrase right there I am "suddenly tired of" ) your phrases for a little refreshing change please?

What do I mean?  Well, the almost every other sentence from TV channel to channel (news) you hear "At the end of the day". Over-used by everyone including friends and local newspaper pundits.  Please.  Just say another phrase.  I know if you try there is one out there. As "later" "Finally"  nothing at all?

Then ya gots yer "going forward" thingy.  Please don't Announcers and Talking Heads. Please,  say something else.  What did you bunch of folks say before that phrase and the others I will mention here started up about ten years ago--- along with the "at the end of the day" horror.  I think the first time I heard that, it was a sports personality/coach, some such.  Oh, did it EVER catch on.

Lastly but not leastly...I just wanna not hear "Gone missing".  Got lost?  Disappeared?  Why use a British turn of phrase?  Sounds better?  More fancy?  To me, it sounds affected.  Get over yourselves media writers and speakers.  "Change it up" to another way instead of always saying the exact same set of words year in and year out.

I know what you're thinking.  Don't listen.  Usually I don't unless it is something I need to hear that will affect me.  But I will hear whatever talking they choose to say--- however they choose to say it--- with their key catch phrases, unfailingly.   These are the most often heard by me.  I know there have to be more. Just at the end of the day, going forward,
I would like to see medias change up their mode of speaking and writing or I will be gone missing from the telly, which usually I am except for Katie's baby shows she sleeps thorough in her recliner.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


 "We got da hots outside dere" is what Katie Isabella said and I agree.  No open windows here for the duration and I only open the front door for her to patrol for us in the earliest part of the day.

I said on Face Book today that my Fitbit probably thinks I am deceased or something as there is so little on there.  Well by that I mean no 10,000 steps.  Just over half that is all I have been getting in the past month because of extreme heat and humidity.  Not walking in that.  Till this morning.  It was only 81 F. , and the heat index was 69%.  No sun was shining down at 1000 hrs to make it feel hotter by baking me, so I just decided the heck with it and took a walk.  Got 2 miles in and that's better than I would have had!

The baby is sick with a virus (he's 16 mo. old now) and passed it to his Dad who came home from work yesterday morning about 1100.  I recall those days well.  Child passing it to the parent.  But mine waited till they were in Kindergarten.  They oughtta call it GERMGarten! Man, I stayed sick with them for a good 8 years of school.  Flu and gastro- enteritis were our middle names around here!

I feel like a kazillion dollars.  Totally recovered from you-know-what! 😱 and I have been working out all along whether I felt like it or not.  I am beginning to push my personal "best" a bit each week.  Today I did that by an extra lap or two. I'm going to have a small procedure 5 August so that will slow me down for a week, but that won't take away anything I have gained.  I will be anxious to get out and walk plus my usual working out.  Just a short week.

I wonder how all of you are?  And by the way, does it seem to anyone else than me that time is like...totally flying by!  I can almost feel the whoosh as it flies by.  You get up...fix coffee and an egg. Feed you pet first of course if you have one, go work out and do your errands rtc.  Look at the clock and it's after noon time!  What happened?  Look again in three blinks of the eye and for pity sake, it's 1600.  Then, BEDtime.  Whoa Nellie.  A blur.

Temp showed 100 last Sat. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Out Into the World He Goes

Kitties know a tunnel is a teleportation device.  James is headed out into the world whether Katie granted permission or not to use HER tunnel!

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Beautiful Day

My friends, look at these gorgeous beautiful fragrant roses that my dear friend and Sister sent me, Miss Karen.  She is far away in Chicago or she would be here for this truly momentous-to-me weekend to help me commemorate the one year anniversary of my life saving critical surgery.  Tomorrow will be the day of the anniversary.

I am grateful each moment of each day for the gift of life I have been given and vigor to enjoy it.

Dear Karen, and all of you who have been kind and loving as well and  having written me their dear wishes for me on this wonderful day to come tomorrow, thank you.  Every word  each of you have expressed to me last blog is like a gemstone to me.  I will always and ever be grateful for each of you.  You know it is true.

Love💗 You  Each

Friday, July 8, 2016

Blackberries and Chiggers

I'm still whining on about those chiggers but here are some blackberries up in the header picture that we found in the wetlands too.    I'm still itching but not as badly.  Just behind my knees and the poison ivy still itches too.  One day it won't.  And the old saying holds true.  If this is the worst I have to complain about..hey...I have it made.

He would NOT turn so I could get his iridescent blue color! 

This week was mostly about me personally being up on the rack.  Wednesday was the most important one and I found that I am doing very well!  I had a video I had done while hot footing it around the park so that he could hear my footfalls (the cardiologist) and my voice with the sound of my breathing at that pace.  He was actually very happy for me.  That made ME very happy too of course. I had a new baseline echo and so, I'm good to go.  Wanna wrassle?

Today was my eye professional appointment and nothing unexpected there.  Very grateful.

Don't know what it was but I stopped to take its picture and probably take on a load of chiggers.

Guys, I wish you could be here July 17th with me.  That is the anniversary of my oh-my-goodness-surgery.  I would love to celebrate that anniversary with each one of you.  I wish we had us a great big room where we could meet, eat a great meal and talk loud and laugh and tell jokes! I'll think of you even if you aren't here because without that surgery last July 17th, I probably wouldn't  be hunting and pecking this right now.   And you are valuable to me as cyber friends.  Those cyber friends are as important to me as my here-with-me friends are.  Love is love,  don't you think?  Whether here near me or somewhere else in the world.