Saturday, October 22, 2016

I'm feeling particularly thankful right now...

My idiot husband informed me this morning that the small 'bump' in his armpit, that he has had for about a year and which I knew nothing about, had grown very large in the last week and it hurt. He decided to go to the Urgent Care Center rather than wait for Monday and a doctors appointment. Why a man who has had a malignant tumor  removed from a kidney would wait so long to see about this, flabbergasts me.

At any rate, it turned out to be an infected sebaceous gland which was dealt with, antibiotics prescribed and fluid sent for testing - total cost of all of this will be under $40.00.

So, I am thankful that:
- It wasn't something worse.
- We have excellent health insurance.
- We live in close proximity to a world class hospital center, their affiliated primary care physicians office and their affiliated urgent care center. Less than 3 miles in any direction we have access to excellent health care, 24/7.
- That while we have some health issues they are easily managed, (aside from my not being able to walk very well) and aren't going to kill us anytime soon.

- I just turned 70 so I finally applied for Social Security and I'm thankful that, at this point in time, we don't need the money. We will eventually, some years down the line, but right now, it's like winning the lottery. When you have spent a good portion of your life dirt poor it seems unbelievable that we have reached this point.
- I've got a Shark Navigator cordless vacuum which means I can vacuum anytime I want. You may say "Why is that something to be thankful for?" The reason is, the litter box is in an empty closet at the rear of the apartment and the cats track so much kitty litter down the hallway that it becomes an extension of the litter box, and I hate it! Because of my back I can't wrangle the big vacuum cleaner so my husband does the vacuuming - once a week. If I ask him to vacuum the hallway because the kitty litter is making me crazy, his reaction is  'Don't look down'. Say what? In the last 4 years I have purchased several light weight cleaning devices, none of which did a very good job.  Now it's easy-peasy. I'm happy with a litter-less house and my husband is happy his neatnik, OCD wife is off his case.

- For the last 5 days it has been hot and humid. Friday afternoon the weather finally returned to Autumn and I was lulled to sleep last night by howling winds. I find howling winds very comforting. Today is sunny, a cool-ish and oh so windy...Lovely. The trees aren't just 'bowing down their heads', they are getting whiplash...This is a mere hint of what's happening

I'm off to the kitchen as soon as I finish this to make meatballs and spaghetti sauce. I don't do it often and I'm so looking forward to dinner tonight. Yes, yes - I am one happy camper today and thoroughly grateful for it all..

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


I received a most unusual and intriguing floral arrangement for my birthday. It came in a beautiful container so after the flowers are gone I will have this lovely thing to use. When I said to my husband "Look at how pretty this pot is" he said,  "You always like the containers more than the gifts that came in them". And he is right.  Last year I received fruit in the most amazing basket (I love baskets) which has been put to good use.  I'm like the kid who gets a fabulous gift then winds up playing with the box it came in.  Plus I just love having boxes and baskets to put things in. I am a big putter of things in things.

That reminded me of an Eeyore story, so I got out my copy of the Winnie the Pooh and the book opened automatically to 'Eeyore Has a Birthday".  I must have read that particular chapter many times.

If you recall it ended with Eeyore being very happy to have an empty pot to put his burst balloon in. The pot initially had honey in it but Pooh got hungry and ate it and the balloon, a red one, Eeyore's favorite color, got burst when Piglet tripped and fell on it.

But Eeyore, being Eeyore, was at first sad that the balloon was burst and the honey was eaten but then so happy to have a Useful Pot to Put Things In.

And I am happy that my birthdays no longer go unnoted and that not only do I have pretty gifts but also Useful Pots to Put Things In.

And I am happy that I am heard - because I also received a gift, specially made for me, that showed me someone was listening.

I used to be Eeyore but now, not so much. I'm pretty much happy from head to toe and I count my blessings on a daily basis and first among those blessings are my dear friends.

Love to you all.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Let's Re-Cap

The New York Times told Donald Trump to bring it on.

Get on your feet, put your hands together, and give it up for Michelle Obama and her speech Thursday in New Hampshire. I've never been a fan of hers but damn, that was telling like it is. She said it loud, she said it proud. She said it well. Amazing.

What self-respecting human being would create and wear this? Be afraid people, be very afraid.

And on a lighter note - The two greatest dance songs in the history of the world (according to me) - 'In the Mood' by Glenn Miller

And 'Billie Jean' by Michael Jackson.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Those birds did it again

Yesterday we heard this loud thud against our window, the curtains were closed so I didn't actually see it but we just assumed it was another bird smacking into the glass. I looked out and didn't see any birds on the ground so I assumed he/she wasn't hurt. I didn't think to check if the bird  left an imprint on the glass like last time. (Actually, birds smack into our windows on a regular basis but don't always leave an imprint.)

This morning I noticed smudges on the window and went I looked more closely - oh ho! Yes, that bird made quite an impact.

I had to do a lot of editing to get it to the point where you could see the outline of the birds feathers - his tail and wings - this photo looks as if the outline is on the wall instead of the window, but still, I think it's kinda cool