Friday, March 23, 2018

Eh - It's Friday

I'm feeling a little whiny again. Without the car we can't get to the library very easily, which is not such a big deal for me because I have been borrowing e-books from the library for several years now. I just went looking for a particular book, the library has 8 e-copies and I am 71st on the waitlist. (There are 90 people on the waitlist for the 26 hard copies of the book!) So who knows, maybe in a year or two I'll get to read it.

I'm having dental surgery this afternoon. A procedure that should have been done 60 years ago when I was a kid. But my father didn't want to spend the money and when the dentist suggested a dental clinic that idea was nixed because neither my father nor my mother wanted to take off a day from work to take me to the clinic.

Once this surgery gets done then making dentures that don't hurt will be easier. My dentist is not well-pleased with the dentures I have and he is starting over from scratch.

I expect I will be back eating soft gummy food for a few weeks while my mouth heals from the surgery but I look at that as an opportunity to drop a bunch more pounds. I've gained 2 pounds in the last 3 weeks since I've been eating 'real' food. That has to stop. I do so like being less heavy. And I want to get even more less heavy.

I get cash back from my credit card and a nice chunk of change has accumulated so I am treating myself to a new lens for my camera. The new lens will let me zoom a lot more than my current lens. I need zoom since I take so many pics from my apartment. My little point-and-shoot has a very zoomy zoom function but the photos aren't all that great. This morning I missed a great shot of a bluejay that attacked the window. Miss Frankie went bat-shit, I grabbed the DSLR camera and got practically nothing; quick grabbed the little camera and it malfunctioned. So - new lens for me. Practically free, sorta kinda after I apply my cash reward amount to my bill.

The cats are making me crazy because they have decided, in their old age, to turn up their whiskers at food they have been eating for years. No chicken, they won't eat chicken. I have 48 cans of chicken cat food in the closet. It has to be salmon. I have 36 cans of salmon pate but they won't eat that anymore because they prefer a different salmon pate I bought in an attempt to tempt Miss Frankie to eat more wet food rather than that damn kibble.  I would take all the food they won't eat to the local shelter but - no car, shelter not easily reachable by bus - this no car thing can be a PITA.

Oh my word, I know, I know, you are all sitting there thinking "Hey, Grace, would you like a little cheese with that whine?"

Thursday, March 22, 2018

It was a beautiful snow day

from around 8:30am until 2:30pm. By mid-afternoon the snow was more rain, the temperature rose, snow on the ground turned to puddles, the trees dropped their white coats...

I took boatloads of photos, I will bore you with only these three.

I cropped the hell out of this and played with the vibrance. I kinda like it.

See that fat robin on the left?
Ya might want to click on the photos to biggify them.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

NMWW - Because y'all seem to enjoy these.

And I aim to please.

Kids Pick The Funniest Poems has seven 'chapters", in order they are: Me, Parents, Brothers and Sisters, Friends, School, Disasters, Monsters, Strange Stories and Advice.

So let's start at the beginning - First chapter, first poem and I think you will really like this one, for a lot of reasons...

I'm Glad I'm Me
by Phil Bolsta

I don't understand why everyone stares
When I take off my clothes and dance down the stairs.
Or when I stick carrots in both of my ears,
Then dye my hair green and go shopping at Sears.
I just love to dress up and do goofy things.
If I were an angel, I'd tie-dye my wings!

Why can't folks accept me the way that I am?
So what if I'm different and don't act like them?
I'm not going to change and be someone I'm not.
I like who I am, and I'm all that I've got!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

As required

Some folks seemed surprised that art and music were required subjects in high school.  My first year of high school was ALL required subjects, the only choice we had was which foreign language to take. French, Spanish, German and Latin were offered, everything else was pre-determined. Truth to tell most all of my high school classes were 'required' to receive an "Academic/Regents" diploma. An academic/regents diploma was required to get into college and you had to pass the state tests in each subject to earn one.

Once in college, regardless of your major, there were still required courses for graduation. Some of the required courses spanned all majors, some were specific to each particular major.

I think, and don't hold me to this, that all changed sometime in the 1980's. Both at the high school and college levels.

I won't bore you with the details of the New York City Public School curriculum but I will say it was varied and rigorous. And it addressed and served all levels of abilities. There were specialized high schools for what were considered vocational skills, from nursing to secretarial to auto mechanics to basic 3-R's life skills. There were schools that specialized in math and science and there were even schools that were either all male or all female. These were all public schools. Yes, some required entrance exams and therefore really weren't open to all but that type of higher level high school education was there for those who qualified.

There were also "600 Hundred' high schools for kids designated as 'JD's' (juvenile delinquents) or kids who were so disruptive in classes there was nowhere else to put them, and they had to be put somewhere for 4 years.

I went to high school from 1960 to 1964. And while the high school I went to was notorious, and not in a good way, and over-crowded to the point of being on triple sessions (damn baby boomers, or PWB's as the pastor of my church called us. PWB meaning post-war baby) I received an amazing education all on the public dime.

I would not exchange the education I got in the NYC Public School System for any high-priced fancy private school. At that time, in that place, public education, which included tuition free college, was superior to anything you could get today, free or fancy.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Yeah, so... Monday

Up early because, Monday is a laundry day and I didn't get much sleep last night, or the night before, or the night before, because my brain would not shut off.

It's beautifully bright and sunny but more than a bit chilly. Weatherman says tomorrow colder with snow/sleet/ rain that will continue into Wednesday along with this chill. After a beautifully balmy February, March has been a stone cold bitch!

I wish I had some/any artistic ability. I have these pictures/concepts in my head and no way, or ability, to bring them to life. I have tried, doing art on the computer seems beyond my limited artistic abilities (or maybe I just don't have the right programs). Vivid pictures in my head will have to stay just where they are. It has always been a frustration for me, this lack of artistic skill. I cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler! My head is full of color and movement (and calla lilies).

If you doubt my lack of skill in this area then I will quote my high school art teacher who gave me an 85 as a final grade despite my not being able to satisfactorily complete any assignments (we had to take 2 semesters of art and it wasn't art history, it was hands-on creative type of art) - "You are too smart to flunk art".

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Songs

This song, from kindergarten days, popped into my head on Friday - total earworm. The tune we sang it to was just a teeny tad different but this one will do nicely...

Saturday, March 17, 2018

I know, I know

I've been trying to post everyday and sometimes it is difficult because I just don't want to be whiney, and today I am whiney.