Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I'm Thankful Every Day Without Fail

 I loved reading you all's comments last blog, and some of them expressed gratitude in so many words for what you have, including your routine and your workaday at home and on the job.  It is how I feel each day.  As soon as I open my eyes for a l-o-n-g time in my past to present, I have always given thanks for being safely conducted health and safety-wise  through the night.  I open my eyes- and because she's always there doing head bonks against my forehead,  first I always say good morning to her Majesty.

  Then I say my thanks for still being here (no, nothing is wrong with me that I am aware of...just feeling simple gratitude) to greet the day which I do.  Another day.  And a routine I have.   The day is beautiful regardless of the weather that wraps the day up as the gift it is.  Rain again...great.  Sun?  Even better.  Watered silk gray skies...bring 'em on.  Ruffled gray or white clouds covering the entire sky dome...welcome!  So glad to be here to see you each and every weather condition.  Cold, hot, warm, cool.  Rain, snow storm.   It's a gift that I have never taken for granted.  So I am appreciative.

Speaking of gratitude, I am grateful for friends.  Either here and in person, or on-line.  We in the CB and in our own blogs away from our furs, have made deep lasting friends.  Sometimes we are even fortunate enough to meet them.  And for me, such meetings have never been stranger-like.  I know these people.  Only now I get to see their faces.  What a privilege it is to have friends.

I wonder what you feel may be the best facet of your personality?  The part of your personality that everyone might say is what they think of when they think of you?  For me, it has to be humor and right next to it, deep empathy and care.  I'll mother you to the end of your patience sometimes if you let me.  😱  I think I'll put a cartoon in here that I found a week or so ago.  It was so like me with my kids as they grew.  I sent it to all of them to see...even though the joke's  on me.  I don't care.  I  am the first to laugh at myself.

Enough.  This is getting too long again.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

It's Like a Video, Sorta

I get up in the morning..know the household things I must do and extra ones as well as company is coming for Thanksgiving.  Aside from that, as I made my way to the kitchen to feed her Majesty, Queen Katie Isabella and then myself some breakfast, I reflected how each day---grateful as I am to have that day, is a copy of the one before it if you keep a housekeeping routine etc.  Rather like- your feet hit the floor--- and the day unfolds as a carbon copy (does anyone but older folk even know what those two words mean)?

Anyhoo, you get up...go forward to whatever you must do first (aside from attending matters in the small room)...and each cog of the wheel turning brings down another needed action on your part...dishes, bed making, sweeping, cleaning her Majesty's litter box...dressing, proper foot gear for a long cold (or hot) walk while racking up steps for the day. Come home, make a smoothie, head out again to walk some more but in some big box stores just to add to the steps.  Go photographing, and other things such as seeing friends, go to bed and start it all over again next day.

It's a video and  for some folk re-play gets hit each day as soon as you open your eyes.

Events within the family change that of course, as I have had happen frequently in the past six years.  But then, that routine I spoke of earlier on here becomes a comfort and a sought after normality.  Once while taking Lady Bianca to her Vet,  I had squeezed that in between long and difficult visits to another town, I saw her Vet walk in and I said words similar to "how wonderful to see you.  It's so normal and good".  He stood there looking concerned and asked what was going on.  Something you wouldn't expect as they are there for the animal.  I told him.  He understood completely and come over and folded me up into a warm hug.  I appreciated that to this second in my memory.

Enough.  I ran off at the keyboard.  By the way, the picture was taken off the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC September 29, 2018 by me.

A loving gift sent a few weeks ago. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Autumn to Winter.

 Fall and Spring and to a more limited extent Winter, are my favorite times of the year.  Summer is too humid for me .  Always has been. But if the wildflowers are out in abundance, that makes the sweat and ticks and mosquito bites much more worthwhile as I go cruising through the woods and other more wild areas with my camera.  I learned the hard way to use insect repellant 10 years ago as I was crawling around in the bushes (literally) I was looking for insects so as to take some macro photos of them. I unknowingly came home with a tick attached and developed early lyme.  Caught it within five days, and I have remained free of it after very strong month long treatment with antibiotic.

Last year I was able to find many more wildflowers than in the past three years.  Not sure why they seem to have gone away in my area.  This year was also a difficult one to find what I was looking for.  I tend not to take many pictures of roses and other more commonly seen flowers as they are everywhere.  But I do take some.  I am including below a Columbine I found this Spring however.

I could go to the gym this morning  to use the treadmill instead of being outside for a walk as it has been and will continue to rain all day.  I don't enjoy the walk if it is in the rain.  Some folks do.  Not my thang.

These delicate wild columbine flowers are only about an inch and a half long.  I love every year's new appearance.  Next Spring, I will be out looking for them and all the others again.

I took a cell phone photo of these two signs in one of my favorite stores.  I hope you enjoy seeing them too.

XX seeyabye.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Tell ya What

Still thinking about that crummy do it yourself thing at the supermarket.  Come in, do all the work, have a heckuva  bad time at the produce area...even they admit that... and go through the learning curve that you should not have to do.

I always fill in the opinion form on-line each week to put in for fuel points.  Surprised they give me any as I have been very pointed about the crappy change they made forcing you to use their scanner if you want out of there with melting/softening frozen foods in a decent time.  I hit them every which way I could.  It stinks to force customers to do it themselves and even more to close all the checkout lines except the self checkout and two regular ones in a superstore.  I won't.  I'll stand there in that interminable line till I grow moss on my legs I guess.  Walmart hasn't done it yet here in town so until they do, I guess they will get the bulk of my money.

Sorry, I am still wound up about it obviously. What kills me is in their stupid ads, they act like they're doing YOU a favor.

A couple of folks mentioned picking groceries up after ordering on line. That would be fine except a tip is naturally expected and that adds a lot to the grocery bill especially over time.

OK.  I think I'll stop it now.  :-)

Here is my back yard this early afternoon.    I own to the County line but this is a little bit of my back yard.  The fenced in part.  Fence was installed when the kids were small. Property goes straight on downhill.  All of us on the street back up to a forest.  I love it.