Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Autumn of My Life

Sunday was a dreary day of constant rain. However, it washed fresh and crystal clean the day that followed. A day of brilliant sunshine cutting through the clear, cool, crisp air illuminating the remaining leaves of yellows, golds, red, rust, and copper that clinged to the almost bare branches. Others covered doorsteps, stairs, sidewalks and lawns. overflowing into the streets, as though they were harvest decorations. Then dance across the road with the puff of the wind. Overhead, radiant blue fills the skies along with white cotton candy clouds. Yes, it is a day to smile! 11-27-06

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Autumn of My Life

Online Dating?

So bizarre trying to connect with someone through e-mail messages and only reading their profiles (which could or could not be true)!

Some interesting things I’ve discovered are:
1) many guys do not even post their pictures,
2) some guys do not check their spelling,
example: “looking for my angle”
3) some are just plain odd: one 28 year old from
Chico who wanted me to take photos of his
“hot” body or a 35 year old guy from Holland
who apparently e-mailed me because I have
tulips in my photo
4) some even say they only want a sexual encounter
5) also, there are a lot of lonely people out there

Recently, I have been communicating via e-mail with two men, but have not seen any clear photos. So what’s a gal to do?

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Autumn of My Life

Quiet?

I doubt that there really is anything such as quiet, not complete absolute. I think there would always be sounds in your head. I’ve not checked with an expert or anyone deaf, it is just my thoughts.

Coming home from work, I used to want about ten to thirty minutes of “quiet” unwinding time! Who wouldn’t after spending 7 or more hours working in a classroom full of children? Now retired and living alone, I have a lot of “quiet time”, often I spend a whole day without even talking (except to myself, of course). Still, I do like some sounds around...soothing comforting sounds. I like the gentle rumble of the heater, the whirling, clunking sound of the drier, the steady ssshhhing sound of the kitchen sink water running while doing the dishes. Outside, should only be the natural noises, no stereo blasting, motorcycles roaring, (of course, we do have to put up with lawn mowers and leaf blowers now and then). But I prefer to hear birds chirping, frogs croaking, breezes rattling leaves and yes, children playing. Luckily, these is mostly what I hear in my backyard of my “quiet” neighborhood.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do often have jazz playing in my house, not to mention the tv (companion sounds). And on a long drive, I have got to have classic rock and roll, keeping me awake rocking, ( I even have a shaker that I often keep rhythm with. I go “out” for the main purpose of listening to music! Case in point, last Wednesday night, I saw and HEARD David Sanborn and Chris Botti! Highly acclaimed and extremely talented performers. I was is the second row and still and in such amazement of having had the experience! Definitely, not quiet!

At night I sleep with the sound of my in an out breath matching the lifelike rhythm of the ocean waves coming from my sound machine. I remember as a little girl, liking to lie in front of the drier and feel the warmth and listen to the whirl.

My favorite sounds are the sounds of my mother’s voice on the phone, or my daddy’s voice in my memory. I, of course, could add the rest of my family, but I will stop here.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

The Autumn of My Life

Closets and drawers!

So the rain continues! And therefore, how many closets and drawers can one retired person clean before going totally "nucking futts"? In one way, it feels freeing to throw away and clean out. However, what happens to the things removed, but still wanted? Ok, my stuff first ends up in the hallway, then moves to the garage (which is always in motion: things out, things in).
So now I have stuff in the hall to put somewhere, stuff in the garage to put somewhere, still stuff on the floor to make a final decision about, not to mention spring-summer clothes to trade with fall-winter clothes. This is not fun!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Autumn of My Life

UH, OH!

Imagine that you live alone, and no one ever comes by.
So you let dirty dishes pile up, and put off the dusting and vacuuming. Then one day, you have some service guys coming over. Quickly, you get it together and clean the kitchen and the living and dining rooms. However, they were checking for an irrigation yard leak. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, (good news) there was no yard leak, (bad news) they needed to look at the toilet in your bathroom. Through the bedroom is the only way to get there. Of course, these are the last two places to ever be cleaned, because “No one” ever goes in there!! I now know complete humiliation!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

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Retirement Baby!

Retirement = reccooperation, rest, relaxation and RECREATION!
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Sunday, January 29, 2006

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Another confession:

Those of you who know me (and hopefully love me inspite of this) know I am cheap! An example, is the fact that I rarely turn on my heater. So here I sit, with the temperature reading 57 degrees, bundled up. Wool cap on, covered by a sweatshirt hood and two mufflers around my neck, with the ends stuffed into the front of the sweatshirt, warming my chest. I also am wearing wool socks, slippers and sweatpants with leg-warmers on top and my lap covered by a blanket.
Every penny helps!!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Autumn of My Life

Things I hate to get out of:

In winter weather, I hate to get out of:
bed, the shower, my pjs, a good book
and the house!

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Autumn of My Life

Road Sign to Ponder:
Dates on the calendar are closer than they appear!
Do it now!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Autumn of My Life


Reunion

Leaving town to have a yearly (2005) reunion with two
junior high school girlfriends a month late. Hopefully pictures, but for sure info. will be coming soon.
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Technology

Ok, so I’m not young, and technology is difficult to keep up with. My daughter, even wrote a my space blog about me. I received a DVD player for Christmas and I began playing my first DVD. There were actors or characters speaking and I did not know if it was part of the movie or not as the talking was not the characters’ voices, but a description of the scene. I called my daughter, who had already seen the movie to ask her.
She laughed at me and said it was the commentary, and told me how to start the real movie. So I was ignorant to how that all work, so what?

Also, I am teased by both my children when I call the “remote control for the tv the “dials”. I also, call the cordless phone, the “walk around phone”. Old habits die hard!

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Autumn of My Life

Impatient

That is what I am -- impatient! I want things done when I want them done. I become unreasonbly irritable when people go on and on and on with a story before getting to the point and then start all over again. I say, "land that plane". So, as you can tell, I have a lot to work on.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

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Update on Nephew

I just spoke with Vicky and they have good news and maybe able to come home tomorrow (Mon. 1-16). l'll call them in the morning and they should know by then. So plans may change!
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New Baby Nephew

I am getting ready to leave town for a week. My (not quite 4 week old nephew (Vicky’s boy) is in the hospital (the 6 week old twin nephews are fine, and now at home). He was in Redding’s hospital for 8 days and then flown to UC Davis Medical Center. There he was finally diagnosed with influenza A and just was moved from ICU to pediatrics today. Slow improvement. Anyway, the daddy has to return home today to go to work tomorrow, so I volunteered to go down an be with the mom. I’ll be there until Thurs. morning, when I’ll pick Lynette (my girlfriend from Jamaica and junior high) up at her friend’s house in Napa. We will go up to Sebastopol to see Linda (another junior high friend). On Saturday, I’ll drive Lynette to Sac. Airport. Then I’ll either stay with Vicky again or head back to Redding.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Rain, rain, rain -- I can't take another drop! There is a reason gloom rhymes with doom! Yet, I know that rain if "good". It is followed by sunshine, it brings flowers, and without it, we wouldn't see rainbows. However, I strongly feel that is should only, ok,
mostly rain at night!