Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday everyone.  It came pretty quick because Monday was a holiday.  The center was closed, and I made it a quiet day at home.

Had a nice time on Tuesday.  In the morning I socialized and worked on my dot to dot book, then in the afternoon we had the art club. I painted an ocean scene. Not one of my better works, but I've become a bit rusty...and I was never that good to begin with.  It's been several years since I last picked up a brush.

It's getting pretty deep next door. I've been lying in bed trying to figure out how they are going to do this. How are they going to squeeze an 8 story building into such a small space, and what of the scaffolding? Am I going to be totally blocked and lose all my privacy? And how are they going to put up scaffolding on the other side? What if my building owners refused to let them set up on our property? What if? Wishful thinking. 

I sent a scathing message to our community board.  Also sent a few pictures. Told them they were worthless...and sarcastically thanked them for their help. And guess what? Finally heard from them. Now they say they want to look into it. A little late for that, isn't it? They've already got their approval and started work. Not much can be done now. I think they were just trying to pacify me. 

Yesterday in cooking class we made healthy homemade pizza.  I topped mine with spinach and broccoli.  Unfortunately, they left it in the oven too long and the veggies got dark and crispy....but it still tastes darn good.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thursday Odds and Ends

My Ocean Jasper sphere

 My son's girlfriend, myself, and my son.

My dad and his friends.  Looks like they were having a lot of fun. My dad is on the bottom.

My dad's Aunt Edith,on the left, his brother Willie,  my great grandmother, and his Aunt Ruth.

 Juicy Jersey tomatoes at the Farmer's Market.

My loot from the last bead show.  I didn't go this year. Have far too many beads to use up.

Hard to believe that this mess was last October.  Seems like so much longer.  Nightmare times.

And after it was all done.

Didn't get to the park this year.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tuesday Ramble

Good morning.  Happy day after the holiday be it Thanksgiving or Columbus Day.  Wish I could say I had a quiet day, but it wasn't meant to be.  The worked next door yesterday.  I was hoping they would respect the holiday, but they were out there bright and early and worked all day.  

Yesterday the super was out in the courtyard talking to the boss from next door. I saw the super pointing and heard him say, "I have to see the house". Had no idea what that meant and later it hit me....Scaffolding. I'm going to lose my sunlight a lot sooner than I thought I would. 

As for me, I didn't do much of anything yesterday.  Rinsed out a few things and hung them out, cleaned out my bag for the center.  I was going to say cleaned it out for work.  Old habits die hard.  Actually, I do feel as if I am going to work in the morning.  I am up early and out the door by 8 am most of the time.  It seems the later I sit home, the more I want to stay home, so I make sure to get on the road before the doldrums set in.  

Has anyone tried the new Blogger?  It keeps asking me to try it, but I'm afraid if I get there and don't like it, I won't be able to get back to the old Blogger. 

My newest addiction.  Adult connect the dots.  This one has over 1500 dots, a bit harder than I expected when I ordered it, but I'll do it.  These books are good for concentration and patience.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday This and That

Morning all.  We've been having some nice fall weather here.  I'm loving it.  Friday was a bit of a flop.  We were all in our seats waiting for our Tai Chi and arthritis exercise when we were told that the instructor wouldn't be in, and there was no replacement.  Instructor has a kidney stone.  Poor thing.  That is so painful.  I've not had one (knock on wood) but I've heard from others how painful it can be.

Went out Saturday to do some shopping.  Got off the bus a stop early so I could get some walking in.  Haven't been doing much lately, and I have to get my legs working better.  They are starting to tighten up.

Started reading a fun new book.  

At this time of year I love this kind of stuff.  This
collection of tales features  some of the greatest Victorian novelists and masters of the ghost story genre, and each story is illustrated with exquisitely eerie artwork.   

So again the phone hubby got me was a flop.  Turns out it only has 16 GB and mine has 32 GB.  No room to transfer my personal stuff onto the new phone.  He means well.  He bought it from a guy at work for about $25 and it is much more modern than my phone, but not enough memory.  I told him that I'm just going to wait until I save enough to get a new one.  I'm tired of being disappointed.  He means well, but also thinks he knows all there is to know about phones.  He likes Samsung, but I like LG.  He's always touting how good Samsung is, but personally, I've had no luck with them.  My LG is almost 3 years old now, still has memory, still works fairly well, but it has never taken good pictures.  And it does have a few cracks in it, one that pinches my finger if I grab it wrong.

Have a wonderful day.



Friday, October 11, 2019

Friday Roundup

Friday morning of a long weekend.  Actually, I'm going to miss getting to the center on Monday, but I'll find something to keep me busy.  Will pick up the ingredients to make the humus we made in healthy cooking class this week.  Wish I had thought to get a picture of it, but here is the recipe:

Chickpeas, parsley, lemon, 1 clove garlic, olive oil, granulated garlic, onion powder, turmeric, and curry powder.  Spice up as you like it.  Delicious.  Believe it or not, my first time having humus, and I am definitely going to make this at home.  I am always looking for healthy snacks.

I'm reading a book about keeping arthritis at bay naturally and one thing they mentioned was flaxseed and fish oils. Now, I know they are very anti--inflammatory, but I have never been able to take them. Triggers my IBS-D.  So, I did some research on Krill Oil and decided to give that a try. I had taken it a few years back with no issues.  Fortunately Ralph already takes it so I was able to take one of his to see what happened before ordering on my own.   Good thing I did. It's true that our bodies, including our digestive abilities, change over time. Won't waste my money. One pill and my tummy was all over the place. So I headed back to bed. 

Nevertheless, it is a great book with lots of awesome information.  I highly recommend it to anyone who suffers chronic pain.

Had another crazy dream.  I walked in the door and hubby says "Grab your bag. We're headed for the airport." Turns out he had airline tickets to go to Italy. Told me we didn't need any suitcases. We'd buy clothes when we got there...despite the fact that we didn't have any money.  But we never got to Italy.  In fact, we never left the airport. I wandered around the airport buying all kinds of crazy items such as a wee brush for my hair for $4, a handful of Halloween sized candy bars, a big plastic see through bag (the kind you get when you buy a bedspread set). I also made several trips to the bathroom, one to take a shower.  I also ran around telling everyone how afraid I was to get on the plane. but the funny part of it was I couldn't wait to get on the plane so I could update my FB status.    

Have an awesome fun-filled weekend.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Monday Morning This and That

Good morning everyone.  Another week begins.  It's going to be another busy one.  Today is much warmer than it has been.  Already 70 degrees.  Personally I prefer the cooler, less humid temps.

Friday was a fairly good day for me.  Participated in Tai Chi and Arthritis Exercises, had lunch, and headed to the bank to deposit some money.  Stopped at the market and bought a few meats.  Saturday I spent the morning in the kitchen and the afternoon in bed.  Not been sleep well because of my pain lately so I grab sleep whenever I can.

1 did a bigger food shopping on Sunday and had it delivered.  I can't carry like I used to.  Made myself this delicious black bean soup.

It turned out kind of thick as I had forgotten to buy chicken broth so I improvised, but it was yummy nonetheless.

I am also aware that I've been putting on weight, how much I don't know, but it's not helping with pain.  I know I said this before but it is definitely time for me to get back on track and get this weight off.  It will definitely help.

Took this picture on my way out yesterday.

This is what it looks like next door.  Notice how close it is to my bedroom window. (First Floor).  What a nightmare.

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Friday Roundup

Good morning.  It's crisp and cool here.  Great fall weather.  Yesterday was a washout.  Cold and wet.  Almost stayed home, but it was Thursday and there was a class on Healthy Living I wanted to take.  Plus it's the second week of practice.  

Got our new calendar for the month, and I am NOT A HAPPY CAMPER.  Waiting for the girl who makes the schedule to come back from her vacation.  She has scheduled 3 weeks of Tea and Tech and 3 weeks of Smart Phones.  The third Tuesday is the monthly party.   No painting class.  Now Tea and Tech has been held only on Friday, and only 3 people have attended.  They sip tea and watch a video that has something to do with technology.  So exciting.  (Sarcasm).  And Smart Phones?  That went on Friday afternoon for several months.  The girl who taught it used to come to our jewelry class and ask if we would attend....because no one ever went. 

If you ask me, the girl who makes up the schedule took the easy way out.  There is absolutely no reason why those classes and art class could go on at the same time.  It's not as if we have a teacher.  What is she afraid of?  That no one will attend those stupid classes if they had a choice to paint? 

But, I spoke up yesterday, and things are better than I expected now.  We will be having two art classes this month.  Plus, after the Thursday health lecture, we will go to the kitchen area for a cooking class.  Awesome.  Just what I wanted.  But.......I had to drop out of the show.  No biggie.  Just don't want them mad at me.  I only had a couple lines in the chorus, but she had asked me to help her with the CD's.  Going to call her tonight and apologize.  

My computer instructor sent a few pics she took at the party.

As far as next door goes, it's been a rough week.  The noise has been unbearable, but after the police came, they stopped using that machine that caused our building to vibrate.  I wrote two letters--one to the building department and the other to our Community Board asking the question 'why'.  Why weren't we given an opportunity to express our opinions like other Community Boards do?  Why was this just sprung on us?  Why is it okay to take away the quality of life for 8 families?  Why is it okay to tear down housing when there is a shortage and build a community service center that serves only one ethnic group?  Why is it okay to make a 90 year old woman cry with fear?  Or a woman dealing with a serious medical issue have to deal with stress as well?  Why, why, why?   

Today is exercise in the morning, but I think instead of jewelry class I'll head to the bank to deposit some money hubby gave me.  I can work on jewelry at home.  

Have a wonderful weekend.