Monday, September 15, 2014
On Thursday I am leaving for a family reunion weekend but on the way I will stop for an afternoon and night. Several times Ed and I went to the reunion a day early but the last two years I couldn't bring myself to do that. This year I will leave here early but stop in a small town and hour and a half from the reunion.
After a whole lot of years an old college friend and I reconnected through facebook. I knew the town she lived in and her husband's but could never find her on social media or even in the white pages. I was a bit concerned that she had died and that saddened me! We lost contact when we had to change our phone number and moved but now, technology being what it is, we are again in contact. Thursday I will visit her and spend the night.
Maybe we can catch up on a few years but will have more reasons to get together more often as we catch up on children, grands, etc!
I am excited!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The good? There is much good, just look around and I see it in so very much in this world. There is the sun which gives us warmth, the trees and shade to give us shade, the bad cat that lives here and runs the house, my grands who were so delightful last night when here, and I can go on and on! These are a few things that are taken for granted but there are other things and people.
Today I worked in a high school about 20 miles from my house, still in the same city, but that far away. I worked with a very seasoned photographer, one who is a bit strange, and two new, intraining, photographers. I was making certain that the high school students , who weren't seniors, had their proper ''cards'' for the photographers. This was a new job for me but an easy one. anyway, dealing with these particular students gave me renewed hope for our country and our world.
WHAT? Have I lost my mind you ask? No, I haven't! Today the groups of students who came to photos were exceptional. The boys had on pants that fit, that is right, they fit properly. There were no pants down around their behinds, there was no hiking them up to keep from losing them, they actually fit. Then there were the girls. What adorable clothes on the most part. Oh, there were a few with jeans and t-shirts but those were clean and neat and really cute! a few had pink, blue, purple, etc hair, but they were still dressed in adorable clothes, whether jeans, skirts, shorts, or dresses.
OK, so they looked nice but what about their actions? you want to know. Polite, joking, some weren't sure f their teacher's name but they had just gotten to the school yesterday and even this morning, tansferred from out of town when they moved with their parnets. Polite? Teenagers? YES, the were wondrful. What more can I say?
Now for the bad: I got a call from a friend that I am being called to testify in a slander case. It seems that a former friend has made false accussations at the Y against another member, worse yet, the member she is accussating is, in some ways, developmentally delayed. Why am I being supoenaed? Because she also made these claims about him to me and she made some other statements that are so outrageous, not just about him but about a board member, his wife, and an instructor, that are so off the wall that it is ludricrous.
The other: There are a lot of ''other'', like my cat tearing the trash bag open because I was working and she was bored, a house concert that is coming up the end of august and a friend has offered to buy a ticket for me, and that really falls under the ''good'', my cat has been ''talking'' as she walks around the house carrying a toy mouse, I want a phone call from someone, I need to start planing a couple of trips, etc, etc, etc.
Now, anyone who reads this: I challange you to make a list, short or long, just today, or ongoing, of good things
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Well, the last weekend for the pool and I took the grands for an hour. My grandboy can't handle much more stimulation than that or he gets overloaded; so, I picked them up, played hard with them, and took them home. They get the much needed exercise and so do I, they are ready for dinner when they get home, then a book or movie and bed. Thank goodness they are only 1.5 miles from me; so, it is easy to do this for the short time!
I also called a friend that I met here at SparkPeople. We talked for an hour or more about so much. she is going to hear one of my favorite trop Rock bands next weekend! Boy, am I JEALOUS but hope she enjoys them as much as I do.
Anyone who reads this, I hope that you have a wonderful and safe Labor day!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The third August weekend has come and gone, another one without Ed being with me and it was difficult at times. Times like when my daughter and I were on the boat on Lake Wallenpaupak with our friends and the memories of two years ago when we were on the boat, not our daughter and me came flooding back, and sitting on the deck and remembering the time that Ed was wearing a red sweatshirt and a humming bird stuck his beak into Ed's ear before realizing that htere was no nectar in that ''tube'', having dinner at the Wayne Hotel and sharing the homemade potaote ships with the blue cheese and truffle oil and the bacon cheeseburgers on a chiabatta roll. Bitter sweet memories and too much to eat!!!
Yes, I am very thankful that our friends still invite us, even expect us to come that weekend. Yes, I am very thankful that my daughter chooses to go and even drive her VW bugmaking the trip less expensive. Yes, I am very thankful for the time on the water, the time on the deck, the food, the quiet, the friends, the beauty of the forest and lake. I am even thankful for falling off the segway and tearing up my elbow and being sore all over today. Next year I hope that I will remember and not be so over confident .
Yes, there will be a next year in the Poconos and maybe, just maybe, it will be easier than this year.
Now, I am taking my bruised and battered (from the fall) body to unpack my suitcase.
I have work tomorrow and although I am not looking forward to the hour drive at 6:00 am I am thankful for the job!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I got exercise in today, only a half hour but most of that half hour was playing/exercising with one or two children hanging onto me. strengthening and aerobic, I would say!
although my exercise time was only a half hour or a bit more we were at the pool for an hour and a half. Giane and my younger daughter went to a mall where there is a GAP store and My older daughter and I had the three children. My older daughter didn't want to get wet; so, I spsent at least a half hour, and probably more, playing with the kids. They jumped off the side, splashed, hung on me while I did some aerobic exercises, etc. The next thing I knew my grandgirl was swimming the pool. Not to be outdone, Manuella took the ''swimmies'' off her arms and swam too! We teased her Mom and said, ''Only in the US could she learn so quickly. Her teachers will be very surprised when she returns to school on Wednesday and is speaking English so well that she is putting 5 word sentences together while she understood English she didn't speak it before she arrived on July 4th. They will be even more surprised when they start swimming lessons and she can swim some already.
Also, we don't know how they will take her telling them that '' Every night we went Bar d'Mikey''. You ssee, my son in law owne a pizza parlor/sports bar and she wanted to eat there every night and instead of calling it by the name she called it bar of Mikey!
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