I Still Got Flowers!!

Sparky here (new name).  It -6 degrees with the wind at 6 mph and the sun shining  through the French door window.  No snow called for this morning and there was none over night. It is suppose to get a little warmer over the next few days but who knows this is Michigan.  I’m only happy we don’t have any of the Texas people’s worrIes.

Well I finished David Duchovny’s Holy Cow. It is obviously a humorous fantasy.  ( I mean a turkey can’t fly an airplane!)  But it some interesting messages about getting along.  I really enjoyed it. for very light reading. I wish I had Elsie’s passion to do the impossible.

Well yesterday I stayed at home and this is the reason.

That 'you are leaving again and I have to watch the house ' look.

That ‘you are leaving again and I have to watch the house ‘ look.

So I sat in the recliner with an afghan over my legs and Brandy asleep on my lap.  She is one of the reasons I can’t go away every day plus the birds and Molly!  I did start some of my Sunday chores and picked up my knitting for a little while.

Today will be another day of staying close because i don’t relish freezing my butt off just to have an adventure. Besides I need to do a once through to see the house is pretty much in order.  I’m not putting everything away because I don’t expect any visitors.

I’m still working on Owen King’s Double Feature, about 235 pages to go.  I’m expecting a couple of Neil Gaiman novels today to add to the bookcase.

I’m about ready to turn on the Bose and enjoy some music because it has been mighty quiet around here and I need to jack up my attitude a little bit.

I have a doctor’s appointment on Monday morning.  It just a little annoyance that needs some answers and I have learned to check things out not sit and stew.

To my friends in Waterford–your problems are different but know I’m thinking about both of you.

Take care–stay safe and comfortable.   SPARKY

 

Getting Out There!

A sunshiny 11 degrees with the wind at 11 mph.  The snowfall was over last night  none today.  Well I attended my first Thursday afternoon dinner at the Otisville Senior Center today.  It was Salisbury Steak, potatoes, salad, mixed veggies, bread, and Birthday cake because they always have cake on the last Thursday of the month.  It was a nice dinner and with entertainment.  The Washtub Band performed for almost two hours.  They had a man playing a washtub really.

I got to do some more nodding and toe tapping.

I got to do some more nodding and toe tapping.

But that is going to change soon because i signed up to learn Line Dancing (beginners of course).  I also want to go over some morning and see if i can pick up the rules on some of the card games they play.  They have transportation to Lapeer, Michigan for a concert with the Blue Water Ramblers on March 18th. I may try to make that trip also.

I sat next to a women who knew Jay from riding to dialysis.  Like my Momma always said –behave yourself ’cause you never know when your going to run into someone who knows you!

Well yesterday this novel came.

That looks like it is going to be a quick, funny read.

That looks like it is going to be a quick, funny read.

Well it is almost news time so I’ll say bye for today.

 

 

Hi I’m Sparky!!

First it is 12 degrees outside with some wind and 20% chance of snow.  Now isn’t that lovely!!!

On to the business at hand (as promised).   Three For One!  The birthday celebration started on Saturday.

First child to report in.

First child to report in.

This is my daughter-in-law Anne. my youngest son Lesley, and Anne’s mother (my friend) Kathleen.

A  chocolate cake with lots of fluffy frosting.

A chocolate cake with lots of fluffy frosting.

Sweatshirts, a novel, and a mini Calla Lily.

Sweatshirts, a novel, and a mini Calla Lily.

I know this looks like a “look what I got” but I want to acknowledge everyone’s gift.  We had Spaghetti and Meatballs with a lettuce salad and garlic bread for our dinner. We spent time after catching up on family members from earlier times. ( Kinda learning thing for some.)

On Sunday was celebration number two.

This is Debra my daughter-in-law,  Oldest son Wesley, and grand daughter Jasmine.

This is Debra my daughter-in-law, oldest son Wesley, and grand daughter Jasmine.

Debra made a Red Chocolate cake  (yum)

Debra made a Red Chocolate cake (yum)

She also made this wonderful collage. There was a large bouquet of mixed flowers  .(Picture later0.

Debra also made this wonderful collage. There was a large bouquet of mixed flowers .(Picture later).

Our dinner was Enchiladas, more garlic bread, cottage cheese and of course cake and ice cream.

Wes made me promise not to say I was almost 80 years old anymore so I decided my new catch phrase is “Hi I’m Sparky” because that is what he calls me.  Why I don’t know but I do kinda like it.

 

On Monday my last celebration.

Daughter Cindy, Darlene and Michael (psuedo children of mine) showing out!

Daughter Cindy, Darlene and Michael (psuedo children of mine) showing out!

We went out to dinner and I ate so much I had trouble getting back in the car to come home,

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It was another chocolate cake with blue flowers that got all over your lips and teeth.  In fact I think there are a few pictures on facebook (posted by Cindy) showing the fun we had trying to eat it while not wearing it. They also brought me a large pink bouquet  in the picture above and a gift card.  Also birthday was spelled brithday ( a family joke from years back). Man these kids don’t forget any thing do they!!

Cindy, Darlene, and I played rummy and Darlene won this time.  I finally had to bid them good night because there was work for them to go to tomorrow.

 

 

The beautiful flowers

The beautiful flowers

The ones from Darlene and Micheal on the left.  The Calla from Kathy in the middle.  The bouquet from Wes,Debra, and Jasmine on the right.  What a beautiful center piece.

My other grand daughter Courtney called me from Florida on Sunday evening to wish me a Happy Birthday. It was indeed a full and delightful weekend but I wouldn’t want to do it every weekend.

I almost forgot to show you what (sorry Wes) 80 looks like.

Yea I got wrinkles but I say they are laugh lines and I've had millions of them.

Yea I got wrinkles but I say they are laugh lines and I’ve had millions of them.

This wish from a very happy lady –have a great week!

80 Years Young!

The following are some of the  moments in this life.

Anything any younger is already packed for moving.

Anything any younger is already packed for moving.

First husband Verl (17 1/2 years) --father of my children.

First husband Verl (17 1/2 years) –father of my children.

Last husband Jay (40 years)  Daddy who help raise the children.

Last husband Jay (40 years) Daddy who help raise the children.

Both men have passed on now . But happy memories are still with me.

 

 

 

 

Wes, Cindy, and Les many years ago!

Wes, Cindy, and Les many years ago!

one of our outing.  Cindy, Les, and me.

One of our outing. Cindy, Les, and me.

I watch these children grow into responsible adults who have been a joy and comfort that I would never give up for anything.

 

 

 

In St. Louis in 1967 as a representative for mt Uniom.

In St. Louis in 1967 as a representative for my Union .

As Merribell the clown  (My alter ego).

As Merribell the clown (My alter ego).

In the late 80s I started clowning with the Michigan Bell group.  It was picnics, parades, parties, and visits to different organizations.  I dearly loved making people smile.

 

 

My 75th birthday

My 75th birthday

The fun of being old is that I can celebrate my birthday three days in a row. because my family has obligations that prevent them from being together.  That ain’t all bad and I get to laugh three times as much.  I’ll share my parties with you after Monday.

 

A big Happy Birthday to Kim who was born on the 22nd  also (of course many years later).

My mom used to say I was born on George Birthday’s wash day and that I should be happy I wasn’t named Maratha Georgia!  Believe me I am!

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

Diamonds

Wednesday already and I have been away a couple of days.  The temperature is 7 degrees, the wind is 6mph, and the chance of snow is 40%.  So I have decided to rearrange my out look on the weather especially after seeing what the rest of the country is going through.  So here is to the new outlook.

Yes we have more snow but

Yes we have more snow but

it is beautiful.  All the branches are heavy with white stuff and if the sun shines today there should be a sparkling aura to brighten the day even more.  (click on picture to enlarge.)

Turning to the west this is what you will see.

The Crabapple tree with the feeders.

The Crabapple tree with the feeders.

All types of birds fight for a position at one of the feeders.  Others hunt the ground for the seeds spilled by the birds from above. .  But when I open the door or go out on the porch every one disappears.  I may have to go sit in the truck to catch them but that is not a priority right now because the inside is warm and that is where I am.

I have been out visiting different stores for items I will need that are on sale right now so my indoor activities have suffered a little bit.  The novel, Double Feature  Is going slow but is still interesting enough to continue on with.  The afghan is now ready for a repeat of the first 12 rows again so I’ll be knitting a bit today.

Oh the sun is out and the diamonds are shining from everywhere.

I have two more projects that I want to do soon.  One is to take some of  the canned apricots and turned them into jam.  I have been trying to find instruction and failing that  mulling this over for several weeks.  It is time to attempt it now.

The other is to take my dear friend Pammie’s recipe for Chili and can a batch of that.  That will come second on my list.

I got out this morning cleaned off the truck, backed down the driveway, and put a birthday card in the mail for my grand daughter’s mom, Kim, who has the same birthday day as mine.

I must also visit, next week, the Senior Center here in Otisville because I promised the woman (who runs it) I would.  So I should not be bored for a few days.

Take care, stay comfortable and smile about something that made you happy.

 

What Is Going On!

Good morning ! It is Sunday and the chores are already started–some done.  First the weather!  The internet says it is -11 degrees, no snow, and the wind is at 11 mph.  This is what the big thermometer on the porch says.

Just about the same.

Just about the same.

There is sunshine but I don’t look for any melting.

I got up, dressed warmly and took off for the gas station.  I figured I would get that agony over first.  I filled up and got my Sunday paper and headed home.  I noticed the outside birds had nothing to eat so I positioned the truck for later and gathered the feeders to take into the house.

It is backed in and ready to take the garbage container down to the road.

It is backed in and ready to take the garbage container down to the road.

Next came filling the feeders.

That done I needed to warm up.

That done I needed to warm up.

I took that time to strip the bed  and start the washing.  I also cleaned the litter box and emptied waste baskets.  That accomplished I felt warm enough to brave the outside again.

With the feeders in place It was time to visi.

With the feeders in place it is now  time to visit.

Well I ventured out last night in the freezing evening to attend a Valentines Day put on by the Lions Club of Otisville.  Now I haven’t danced in a very long time.  Neither of my husbands danced so I am really out of practice. ( Some total of about 59 years.)  But I wasn’t there to dance–I was there because there was live music.  I enjoyed it greatly even sang along on some the songs, kept time with my foot and head, and smiled a lot.  Every place setting had one of these and a few chocolate kisses.

I brought mine home.

I brought mine home a reminder of finally getting out. 

There was a nice little meal of sloppy joes, salads, cole slaw. and fresh fruit to eat and a table with chips and pretzels ( which I didn’t have).  They also had mixes for alcohol (byob) but I stuck with coffee.

The music was played by Magic 5 a Flint band made up of older guys and they played rock and belly rubbers, They will be back in March for another dance and I’m going to try to be there.

I spoke with a few people but really didn’t know anyone.  I did however talk with the woman in charge of the Senior Center and promised her that I would come and visit. As she explained it would be a way to connect with others and find out what is going on.

Well that is it for now. Take care!

 

 

 

 

 

Love And Cold Are in The Air.

A Happy Valentines to all who add so much to my life.  I couldn’t begin to send out enough cards to cover everyone who have touch my life but I hope that you all have the happiness and love you deserve.

I have to share this with you.  You know the commercial with the woman eating cereal with the radio saying that women reach their highest sexual potential at the age of 80.  Well I’m waiting!!

Well we got more snow dumped on us last night.  The temperature is 12 degrees out there with high winds to reach to 25 miles an hour. Of course there is a wind chill factor to contend with also but who doesn’t have that right now.

I am making progress on the afghan.

The two needles over the circular ones work better for me.

The two needles over the circular one work better for me.

I will continue with these colors until I finish.

When my hands start to cramp or my arm bothers me I switch to this.

This is Owen King's novel

This is Owen King’s novel

So actually I’m making progress on both projects.   In the meantime I have started some of my Sunday chores so I can have more time tomorrow on these two.

I got my income taxes done on Thursday and I have plans for the refund.

Well the sun has decided to shine but with the wind whipping the snow around I don’t think it is going to help much.

Have a good rest of the week end.

 

A Short DIY!

Good morning!  This is a DIY for those of you who live alone or have the type of hubby that equates to that situation.

The light in the hallway burns out

First a pocket to hold the god bulb is essential. This eliminates having to climb a lot.

Next a high back two step ladder.

Positioned a little bit behind  where you must reach to get the fixture.

Positioned a little bit behind where you must reach to get the fixture.

Note the vacuum position near by.  I’ll soon be eighty years old so I need something extra to steady me when I climb and with the handle extended it helps my balance and also provides a place to hang the globe when I get it off. (Again no extra climbing.)

The top of an open closet door also helps to steady you.

The top of an open closet door also helps to steady you.

No closet door available–try to select something sturdy to place near the ladder to grab if you feel unsteady.

Next remove the globe and the bad bulb. ( bad bulb into other pocket –good one out). Replace the bulb and globe then climb down.

Hit the switch--Taa Daa! You did it!!!

Hit the switch–Taa Daa! You did it!!!

This was inspired by Millie Garfield ( one of my favorite bloggers) who tries to help people do things for themselves.

 

A Long One!

It is a sunshiny 31 degrees outside with the wind at 3 mph.  It was a hectic day yesterday. Wes and Debra came up so Wes could fix the audio problem on my TV.  He got that adjusted and added the close caption item to it.  Next he fix my truck radio so I would get my favorite station again.

While they were here my real estate man called to ask if  I would let some one  look at the house at 6 pm.  Short notice but things are pretty well under control so I said yes. We had roughly five hours to put some finishing touches on it.  Debra got out the vacuum but had trouble with it.  So Wes took it apart, found the hose blocked, and proceeded to fix that.

I asked Debra to check my back before they left and she said to call the doctor. More on that in a bit.  So we did a quick once over and were satisfied with the house and Wes and Debra left for home.

I then called the doctor’s office and a few minutes they called back to say come right in.  I arrive there a around 2:30 and had only a small wait.  When I arrived back home daughter Cindy was there.  So it was decided we would take Brandy go for a ride, grab a sandwich, and wait for the visitors to leave before we came back home.  Then I tried to park my truck off the driveway so it would be clear when the people arrived.  I proceeded to get it stuck in the snow so I left it.  When we did return home Cindy beat  me good at a game of rummy before she had to head home.

Today the tow truck pulled out my truck because I figured that would be quicker than me trying to shovel it out.

OK now the Duct Tape

The doctor said to apply a lotion and a cream twice a day for two weeks.  I don’t have any one to do that for me so yesterday Cindy suggested making the handle on the applicator longer. I did that this morning.

So I duct tape a ruler to it.  It works.

So I duct tape a ruler to it.
It works.

So I thought I would show you what else I use the tape for.

The plastic that is ripping on my check book.

The plastic that is ripping on my check book.

To replace it I would have to buy the whole wallet again at over $45.00.

I've  reinforced the cover on my calculator.

I’ve reinforced the cover on my calculator.

You can patch a tiny hole in your bed pillows so the feathers don’t get out.

I even taped the hole that the handle that fits into on my toilet  chair seat broke until I got a new one.  (I didn’t think you’d want a picture of that).

Yep the duct tape is a life saver!

Yep the duct tape is a life saver!

Ok enough of this.

No idea what the outcome of the walk through on the house is but I have plenty of time to wait for more lookers. Have a great week!

Things Accomplished And Decisions Made.

It is good afternoon for a change.  Being Sunday my chores are being accomplished one by one.  This is in no particular order so stay with me on this.

I finished Lock & Key  vol 1 by Joe Hill Saturday morning early so I had to consider two alternatives for the next reading session.

I decided to read the Reader's Digest first.

I decided to read the Reader’s Digest first.

This is because another issue will be in soon and that is how I manage to stockpile them.  I will move on to Owen King’s novel next.

I spent time yesterday looking for my equipment for knitting.  I couldn’t find either the row counter or the tips to go on the knitting needles to hold the stitches when I have to put them down to do something else.  Failing the search I went to JoAnn’s Fabric this morning and picked up both items.  While I was there I decided to add another color to the afghan I’m ripping out ( that is right) I have ripped more than I have accomplished but I think I have found my problem.. I never was good at handling circular needles so I ripped everything out again and started from scratch only this time I am using two regular needles and I find I’m more relaxed with them.  So this is the color combination now.

I'll see how this set up goes.

I’ll see how this set up goes.

While I was at JoAnn’s I picked up the yarn for my second project.

This will be crocheted.

This will be crocheted.

That will keep me busy for a while.

I did get out and feed the outside birds Saturday.

I tried to get them eating but every time I open the door They hide!!!

I tried to get them eating but every time I open the door they hide!!!

Well my TV  is hooked up thanks to Adam, next door, and the tec on the phone.  My program selection is a bit sad but saving $40.00 a month will make it worth it.

Well I have to pull the sheets from the dryer and get the bed made because it will soon be supper time.

I managed to get my garbage and recycling down to the road as it started to snow a little.  That stopped but the wind picked up so I’m glad that is taken care of.

Please have a careful and comfy week ahead and do something good for yourself.