*Disclaimer: Some of these photos are taken by the people given credit here. These people, as I do, love to display the work of talented photographers who may, or may not, have listed their names.
This isn’t a picture of US at Lunch Bunch, but I chose it because it kind of shows you we’ve been through everything together over the years.
The core bunch is Kay, Linda and me. My husband became an honorary member several years ago and he now enjoys being spoiled by all three of us, plus others who join us from time to time. He refers to us as his “harem.” We allow him to make snide comments as long as he mostly concentrates on eating while we visit. :0)
Today was our annual Christmas gift exchange. We get nice things for each other and it’s very enjoyable, but it’s not the gifts – it’s the FEELINGS that go with them – the showing each other we care – that are the true gifts.
Every Friday we catch up on what’s happening. Sometimes we have things to celebrate. Sometimes we have sad news. Over the space of some 30 years there is little we haven’t shared. Having good friends is beyond price and something for which I am truly grateful.
As usual, I found a bunch of things I didn’t know I had. I threw out a bunch of stuff, relocated other things, then cleaned up the rest. I also cleaned out the basket above and to the right of this that holds the cleaners I use on a daily basis.
I found a mystery ‘thingie’ that neither my husband nor I had a clue what it was, so I pitched it. I had bought supplies I didn’t need because things were such a mess. I now have a bin in the pantry that holds replenishment for the things we use most often.
Now I’m going to go put my feet up for a while – drinking coffee, reading more of my current book, and patting myself on the head before I dig in again on processing our DVD collection.
I seem to have a brief window where I can actually communicate a bit!
I hope all of you are doing well. We’re doing fine, except for me tearing my hair out that I can’t do my normal stuff on my computer. I have to admit I’m getting more cleaning done, since I can’t access the Internet most of the time.
My husband ordered a card that we HOPE will solve my problem. Otherwise, you may be able to hear me complaining from here!
Only have flashes of intermittent Internet. Part coming that we HOPE will fix me tomorrow. Until then, I’m having withdrawal about not being able to write on my blog. Hope everyone is well.
It will probably be next week before I post anything much. My computer suddenly crashed yesterday. My husband – computer guru that he is – did everything he knew how to do – which is considerable – but we ended up taking it to Best Buy to see if they can resurrect it.
He doesn’t think they will be able to, so in the meantime, he’s ordered a motherboard for a spare computer we might be able to get going.
Meanwhile, we got the laptop we had in the shop for our metal critters and have set it up. We attached my good keyboard to it, so I’m not going nuts trying to type on the laptop’s keyboard. It took us all the rest of the day yesterday and evening to get the Windows updates on the laptop, and email going. This morning my husband got our password safe to work so I could get on HERE.
I don’t have access to much, and I had to change screens over and over to enter my username and password here, so I’ll reach out when I can.
Meanwhile, I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!
I’m having a lot of fun adding to the tracings in my sketch book in preparation for practicing trying to add fur or feathers to drawings. I wasn’t sure I would use the new 4LED Tracing board I got enough to warrant the purchase, but I’m really enjoying being able to plug it into my computer in the office where I can work on stuff and not ‘lose myself’ upstairs. We can go shopping in the middle of a tracing, or I can stop when I’m working on transferring the tracing to the sketchbook. I can do things I need to do and have fun at the same time. :0)
I feel as if I woke up on a different planet this morning. It’s 73 degrees F. and raining! Ahhhhh! A beautiful beginning to August. A much-appreciated gift from Mother Nature. You can hear all the plants saying, “Ahhhhh!” as you walk around outside.
Looking at the forecast, it looks as though I’ll need to reschedule my planned spraying of weed killer until further notice, since the bottle says to do it on a calm day where there will be no rain for at least 24 hours. I couldn’t be happier about the reason for the delay.
I hope you’re getting some welcome relief from the summer’s heat today.
I got my newest fish from Petco last Sunday. So far, everyone seems healthy.
When I lost my last fish, I emptied everything out of the bowl, treating the bowl itself with hot water and bleach, and the decorations with hot water and vinegar. Then I used aged water to fill up the bowl. I have no clue why I lost the last ones. I got them from WalMart and I’m beginning to think maybe the fish in that one tank weren’t as healthy as I had hoped. It was either that, or the environment I was providing, so I decided to get everything super clean and then get the fish elsewhere.
I got four small goldfish. They were really swimming fast in the tank at Petco, and even the guy who worked in that department all the time had trouble catching them with his net. I haven’t named them, but they are so much alike that it’s hard – if not impossible – to tell them apart. One may have a little more red that the others.
I’m keeping two gallons of aged water ready for each cleaning now, rather than using water from the tap and putting in the treatment stuff. I’m holding my breath and keeping all appendages crossed that the combination of the new source for the fish and my intense cleaning of everything will do the trick this time.
They are really reacting to my voice when I feed them. They start swimming really fast in anticipation of the food being sprinkled in. :0)
We have found – as we age – we have trouble remembering stuff. Sometimes we’re trying to remember when something happened, when we bought something, how old something is, what brand of ____ did we buy?
My husband came up with an idea that has helped us MANY, MANY times. He started a spreadsheet on the computer several years ago (maybe 15 or 20 now). When he thinks something is important, or he just wants to remember it – he goes to the spreadsheet he creatively named, “Log” :0) and types in the date and what he wanted to remember. Since it’s in spreadsheet form, it’s searchable.
For example, he wanted to know when I had my cataract surgery this morning. I had no clue, other than it was several years ago. He went to the log, typed in ‘cataracts’ and came up with September of 2012 in less time than I can type this. That got us on a discussion of other surgeries, and he could give me dates for each.
Rarely we get in a fight with someone who wants to charge us for something we didn’t order, or say we didn’t return something, or similar financial thing. It goes on the log, too. This has helped us MANY times. We can come up with the name of the person who told us – for example – my husband didn’t have to go up on our two-story roof to uninstall the dish so that it could be returned. When they wrote us they were going to charge us $99.00 next month because we hadn’t returned that part, we came up with the name of the person and a copy of the email that told us we didn’t have to.
Sometimes we want to know the name of the new rose-bush we planted. It’s in the log – what the name of it is and when we planted it. (The newest rose-bush is called “Sedona”)
You’d think it would take a long time to do this. It really doesn’t. And it’s a lifesaver for us.
(I’m on the left. My husband is on the right.)
We’re having a wonderful, quiet Christmas Day. We’re hoping that our son will call from Thailand some time today. That will make it perfect.
I cooked our big dinner last night – turkey breast, mashed potatoes with gravy, deviled eggs, and jellied cranberry sauce. It scared me when I started to cook the turkey breast, though, because it was labeled, “Cajun Style.” I thought, “Uh – Oh!” We can’t handle ‘hot,’ or really spicy. Happily enough, it was delicious!
We’ll have turkey sandwiches today, and some more cranberry sauce, since it’ll be a year before we’ll enjoy that much sugar again.
As always, I put up the Christmas cards we received, hanging them up on our stair uprights, interspersed with some wooden snowflakes I painted. It makes me feel surrounded by good friends and family for the holidays. Soon I’ll take them down, reread the notes, and write again to those who sent us news to which I want to respond. A happy time of the year!
I hope you’re having a wonderful celebration, surrounded by family and friends, eating good food, laughing and catching up.
May 2017 be a wonderful year for you!
We finally got a bit of rain yesterday for which I’m very grateful. It cooled things off to ‘possible’ around here. It’s been over 100 with high humidity for about two weeks now, so to have the temperature in the 90’s with some RAINDROPS seemed like heaven.
We stood outside, letting it rain on us to celebrate our good fortune.
We also used the opportunity to burn the boxes we had filling up the shop. What a glorious hour or so we had!
Thanks to Evie Zimmerman, trendingly.com