Monday, March 20, 2017

LOOK Who Was Out Today!

These little sweetest faces in the world were out today!  I got to take a walk finally what with the below freezing weather and rain when it got to just above freezing.  I have been doing some walking in the stores trying to get some steps in but today...ta dah...I got to go to the park.  And these little ones were there to greet me.  They know I love them, so they were happy that I came to see them.

I have loved violets since I was a very small girl.  Those who recall me in my MSN Live Spaces blog  we started out in years ago, may recall the many stories I have recalled there of my beginning and teen as well as adult years.   And one memory is important to me.  The memory of gathering as large a bouquet of sweet violets...purple, light blue, yellow, white; and all with innocent dear faces looking at me above their thread-like stems.  Stretching all of three inches upward they looked back at me as I smiled lovingly at them.  I knew instinctively they were not afraid of me.

I picked them for my Daddy back then.  I wanted nothing more than to bring those faintly fragrant beautiful thumb print sized sweet faces back to my home in a big bouquet that would only fit a little girl sized fist.  I was so proud of my gatherings.  I carefully chose all of the colors as they were all blooming in that large grassy field. It was the outer reaches of our playground.  No other child bothered me as I constantly moved forward, bent over, plucking the unprotesting violets as I went until my small hand could hold no more.

When Daddy came home from work, there they were in a small short glass of water proudly set on the table so he would see them when he came in and before he left for work the next day.  He always said thank you.

Just a memory for you today as I passed those darling little works of art.  The park where I go to walk  is beginning to be covered with their abundance.

I wish Dad were still here so that I could pick the first violets for him again.  Miss you Dad.  Always have and always will.

Saturday, March 4, 2017


The header picture is a little section of the University's arboretum where I like to go many times in the Spring and Summer to take pictures and walk.  It's just a mile or so away.   There are several stair step areas throughout and I never fail to be charmed.

It is another--- the third in a row--- sunny day.  I am so grateful!  It is always so overcast here and so rainy these past 5 years that I think I am affected by the seasonal whatever disorder.  I am situated in the woods with trees over 90 feet tall.  They effectively block light anyway and on a rainy cloudy day, all the lights are on in the house all day.  I am grateful to have a day to complain about, mind.

Last night, I woke to see what time it was and after having looked at the clock, I put it back. While on my back, I turned to face the other direction only to find myself  pressed forehead to forehead with Katie.  I had no idea of course that she was there.  Her head furs were as soft as eiderdown.  She waited politely to see if I would cease and desist but I did not.  She reluctantly crawled a few feet farther down and fell back to sleep.

I am about to head out.  I may take the camera and hope for something somewhere pretty.  We had another freeze last night at 27 degrees.  With the non-winter, many of the spring blooms are here already and being damaged by the two freezes we have had in a week.

See ya on the flip side.....

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Christmas in Springtime and I Love It!

Guys, I went up to someone's house this afternoon to pick up a product I had bought to support this Junior High school student's band.  (GO JEFFERSON JR HIGH!) I don't know the folks, I just recall the boy from a month ago when he stopped by my place to see if I would buy something for the cause of the Band.  I did decide to buy as all my kids went there, and I like the school.   So, there I am talking to the boy and the mom when she herself mentioned the Christmas decorated fake tree there by the front door.

Still has its lights on.  She said it has remained just like this for three years now as birds come and nest in it!  COOLNESS, guys.  I envy that!  Here's a few nests for you to see.  They leave them there.
Isn't this the coolest?
Nest to the right of center

This nest is barely to the left of center
 Made my afternoon!  Took my box of biscuit mix home and had the pleasure of meeting a great family too.

Oh--- and the header picture is tulip poplar blooms.  Some people refer to them as magnolias.  We don't around here.  Southern Grandiflora Magnolias are dinner plate sized white intensely fragrant blooms.  These pink tulip poplar blooms above that I took  last about 2 weeks is all and the petals fall to the ground.  They are so gorgeous.

Here is a Southern Grandifloria Magnolia dinner plate sized opened bloom I took one morning at 0815.

Monday, February 6, 2017

What make a Day Significant?

Katie was commenting on a favorite kittie's blog, Nellie.  And Nellie had posted a wonderful saying for us.  The blog was about what we can appreciate and be glad of.

Katie answered with this:   Nellie, mommy found the truth to that statement you made for us all some time ago and it is so true. To be significant, an event does not have to be huge, big, or even life changing. It is the warmth of the sun on your furs or skin...the sound of loppers trimming and cutting bushes, the fragrance of grass, a kitty snoring, coffee making, a family member talking in the other room, a dearly loved pet walking or running up to you.  Newly turned earth, anticipation of a visit, a well cleaned home, a baby.  Cold water when you are really thirsty.   The simple act of waking to another day. All is valuable, and one day will be looked back on and we will smile at the memory.

I just added a little to it for here.  The sentences above are what makes me smile most often.  The fragrance of outside air as I walk along should have been included.  The feel of the sunshine on me as I walk should have been as well.  The changing-- however subtle--of the leaves and flowers and surroundings.  The possibility of seeing a friend or acquaintance while out.  The pleasure of finishing a task...the sudden unexpected feeling of joy that sometimes comes upon you as you are all unaware but then!  There it IS!

There are many more things that make us glad to be alive.  I do not want to focus on the opposite of that here today.

Friends, family and being of service even in tiny ways are all I need to be content and glad.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Comcast Problems in My Opinion

Friends, fellow bloggers, I once had bad service from Comcast on a continuing basis including rude service people in my home.  Happily that poor service has changed very much for the better.

The time that stands out most was when I had a bad accident in 2011 and could not really walk for several months and at the same time, I had a broken right wrist with a cast up to my bicep.  I was helpless, alone  and my phone which was powered by Comcast, was not working except intermittently.  I was in my bed a lot after that accident as I could barely walk with the severe injury to my legs.  My legs were actually black in color and swollen to one and a half times their size...never mind my broken right arm.  I had called Comcast customer service about the phone and mentioned I was helpless in the house; and while they said the usual words, nothing was done.

I wrote of that worrisome trial I was enduring with them here to you all  in my blog because, as I told all of you...a lack of a phone left me helpless here alone in my home with just Admiral attending me.  (She was my Tortie cat at that time).  If the house had caught fire I was trapped and couldn't call out.  If I took a turn for the worse--- same scenario

Now,  my complaint this moment is that my bill shot up to just under $200.00 a month.  That for a bundle of phone, interest and TV.  No packages of on demand stuff, movies, shows and sports.  The basic cable stuff is all as I don't watch too much TV.  Yet the bill shot to just under $200.00 a month.  That is $2284.68 a year just to watch PBS, and three other channels.  I Get internet and phone also.  

I knew the person I spoke with this afternoon was in an out of this Country call center who would nor could do anything, and they didn't except to offer $20.00 credit to wait a month before I did anything if I was going to.  I thanked her and refused the twenty dollars.  It wouldn't be right to accept it.

Folks, this is just too much to pay for so little.  I will likely have to do without it all and use my cell only.  I don't want satellite-- as we know how that might be.  I don't want you-know-who out there for an entirely different reason.

Comcast actually improved wonderfully since 2011.  Seriously.  I can't complain about anyone I have spoken with on the phone nor the few techs who have had to come here to the house since 2011.  I recommend them.  But if you don't have the money, you need to think it over.  It is very expensive. And they tend to add charges at least once a year  think. I think many of my friends have you-know-who. My accolades for Comcast are sincere.  Just their price finally got to my personal breaking point.

Just talking guys.  Thanks for listening  I'm not knocking them at all.  Conversely, I compliment them on their service these days which is quite good.  But I will have to bid it adieu.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In Case You Ever Wondered

When I write a blog, I do it with humor as I am usually in a great humor and besides, I love to laugh.  My high flown grammar in the past blog that I just did a few days ago is an example.  Believe me, I don't speak that is only for a fun and a smile and making a joke on myself at my own expense usually.

This has begun the third week running now with rain or heavy overcast or both... no glimpse of the sun, not in three weeks.  The weather cast said this morning the same depressing thing.  Rain and or overcast all week and into next week which will then start a fourth week.  It can gitcha down. Here it is  always gloomy--- with a five year pattern of nine days of gloom and two days  of sun or partial sun and then starting all over again with the seven to nine days of rain and/or overcast.  Un-endingly until this late Spring where there was sun every day for months.  It started a drought which wasn't that bad but there were forest fires all around.  Those were set by teenagers.  However the foliage was dry that is certain.

This pattern goes on all twelve months of the year.  No letting up.  That strange weather high we had for several months was just that, a strange but fabulous happening. Sun every day!!!  For weeks on end!  Oh well.  Could be worse and often is.  Ice, snow, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.

See ya later Gators,
This street inSan Francisco is unbelievable,  How can you drive up or down it?  It's an old old picture.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Well That Was No Fun

You know perhaps how it can be.  You climb into bed, get settled with a pet on your chest, *gasp for air* and eventually you are released from petting duty and turn out the light.  *Cue slumber thoughts* and you start to drift off after announcements by said pet who hopped down and set about bringing in three or four of her most favorite toys.  Each one brought to the room is hailed ceremoniously with clear toned announcements as they are laid on the carpet by the bed or in the bed.

One is vaguely asleep when the toys are heralded.  Ones eyes open however,  and one wonders why every joint in the body is sending out semaphore signals just about, proclaiming PAIN!   My knees, hips, lower back, ankles, elbows were reminding me of those old TV commercials where they show pulsating red circles radiating out from the joints and then, they proclaim their remedy to swallow or rub on.  My joints were killing me.  That doesn't happen to me.  But it is now!  All new.

I have no idea what happened to bring it on as nothing new took place at all during the day.  I laid there in the beddy, all covered up to my chinny chin chin, and a pool of black and white satin was in a soft circle, purring very loudly at the side of my head.  I misliked the idea of moving  as it would disturb her.

There was no help for it however, I found on reflection as I was in so much pain I could never have gone back to sleep.  I did not want to disturb the sleeping soft guardian at my head but... one must do what one must.

I slowly moved the covers back from me and swung my hurting legs out and down to the floor.  Those  legs along with my hurting hips and ankles and knees carried me to the kitchen where I took two acetaminophen. I could feel the lessening of pain as I settled back into bed--- it was that quick.

I was amazed that my little kitty girl was still there where I left her as she usually leaves when disturbed.  She sank back into my neck and by my face with renewed loud purring and we both went straight back to sleep.

It was a good night,  but fraught with work dreams.  Those can be frustrating as things aren't the same in KNOW they aren't,  but you have to "make do".  I had many fragmented work type dreams.  I am one of those who love(d) the profession and found it fulfilling on many levels.

Got to work out though this morning...out into the 3rd week of unceasing fog, rain, overcast.  The mist stopped later so I got a good walkie in afterward.

Chow..or ciao... or something.....