Tuesday, May 3, 2016

And the Rain Continues to Fall

The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.

Douglas Coupland

"Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day".  Yup, you guessed it.  Another rainy morning.  Been raining since Sunday, and I saw this morning there is still two more days of showers ahead of us.  Yikes!!!! Haven't been able to get my walks in this week.  So, another day of indoor stuff. I will say one thing. I've made a huge dent in my daughter's family tree gift  this week. Now I have to get to the library to get everything printed out. That will be for next week. At any rate, the flowers should be beautiful this year. 

I  love a rainy day indoors, but tend towards depression when it goes much longer.  Right now I haven't been out since Saturday, and now I find myself focusing on my teeth.  Yesterday I cried.  Perhaps it was something I needed.  I've been bottling up my feelings for so long now. Yes, I've resigned myself to the fact that they have to come out, but it all seems so final.  Once they are gone, they are gone.  There is no growing them back like a haircut.  Yet, I am anxious for some great new teeth so I can finally eat the foods I love, but then I am scared of getting teeth that don't fit.  It's been a heck of a long time since I had a salad and it's even become difficult to chew grapes (the skin).  No wonder I hit this weight loss plateau.  Not only can I NOT eat the foods that helped me to lose the 46.2 pounds I have lost, but I find myself emotionally eating, hungry when I shouldn't be. 

I was so disappointed last night.  I had bought some Weight Watchers Frozen Blueberry Yogurt bars the other day.  Sometimes I want a sweet treat and these only have 2 points.  So, I took one out last night, and something told me to check the date, something I usually do before I buy but for some reason didn't this time.  Perhaps because the aisle was so packed and people waiting to get through.  Well, they expired two months ago.  Probably still good,but I am fussy about food.  Don't think they will take them back now.  Don't have a receipt and I bought last week at a store that's not one of my regular stores so they don't know me.  And they are so expensive.  $7 for 6 bars.  

Have a good one.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday This and That




Hope is a roving gypsy
With laughter on her tongue,
And the blue sky and sunshine
Alone, can keep her young;
And year by year she lingers
Under a budding tree...

Dora Read Goodale


Good morning everyone.  It's another cool, wet morning here in Brooklyn.  Yesterday it was just plain nasty all day.  Picked up the things I needed at the market on Saturday because I just knew I wasn't going to venture out in that weather.  Don't think I'll be heading out today either.  No place to go and no money to spend. 

On that note, I hope you all had a joyful Beltane or May Day.  I wasn't into it this year.  It was too cold and dreary to, and my heart wasn't in it. I guess so much is going on right now, and the weather so blah. 

Well, the saga continues. Someone is upstairs. I don't know who. Last night someone came in. At first I thought it was  Mr. Leadfoot, but then I heard a toddler running about. My first reaction was "Oh no. They're back. Best prepare for a 5 am wake up", but that didn't happen. In fact I slept quietly until 6:30. They just got up a few minutes ago, and everyone, including the toddler seems quieter. Time will tell.  I really don't mind a toddler running about, I realize people have to live, just don't have her doing it at  5 am over my head.  Take her out in the living room.  Be considerate in your neighbors.

Well, I've decided to have my teeth done after the reunion, probably the end of May.  I just can't take it anymore.  Can't eat a lot of my favorite foods because they are too crunchy.  Can't even eat a salad.  And I'm tired of these darn gum infections and pain.  It's something that I have to have done. Can't put it off any longer. Not looking forward to losing my teeth.

Fortunately I found out I have insurance, and just for the heck of it I applied for instant credit when the bank teller asked since I was pre-approved, not expecting it to go through, so you can imagine my surprise when I was told that I was not only approved, but had a credit line of $10,500.  Not going to go crazy with it, I've been through that and cleaned up my credit,  but if necessary to get some really decent teeth, I'll pay for it.  You know how sometimes the dentist will give you crap if he is not being paid enough.  Sadly I have found this to be true and have the dentures home to prove it.  Never did wear them. No matter what, I've resigned myself to having a life.  Not a good quality of life for me right now. 

This week is my last week of school.  How fast the semester went!  I am in total disbelief that it is already over.  Once it warms up I'll be spending a lot of time in the park.  There will be a few summer classes available, hopefully some that peak my interest.  I do know that the comparative religion class I enjoy so much will have 4 summer sessions.  

Have a good one.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Roundup

Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.

John Shirley


Good morning everyone. It's Friday. Used to be my most favorite day of the week. Now it's just another day. In fact, I always think Thursday is Friday now. Don't know why. I just find myself looking for Bluebloods at 10 pm and then it hits me that it's only Thursday. Oh, the freedom of retirement!!!!

I had a good night's rest last night. Went to be at 10 pm, fell right out, bathroom run at 1am, another one at 5am, but this time I didn't lie awake after the 5 o'clock run waiting for the noise to begin. I was able to fall back asleep until 6:30. Wonder how long this peace will last. Who will be upstairs next?  I'm expecting Leadfoot at some time today.  It's rent time, and he has to pick up the bill and clean up after his 'guests' left.  Grrr!!!!!  But, little does he know that the wheels are already in motion to get him out of there.


Stayed the same on the scale yesterday.  Cannot break through this plateau. Not giving up though. I'll get there. Just have to tweak a few things to get my metabolism re-started.  It's been months now.  -.2, stay the same, +.2, stay the same, and then the same sequence is repeated over and over again.  And I remain 3.6 pounds away from the 50 pound loss mark.

It's going to be a cool day out today with some showers on the way. I'm off to do my monthly banking today. Can't believe that bill time is here already. Seems to come quicker every month.  Wouldn't it be nice if everyone gave us a one month's grace period on our bills?  Oh, what I could do with that extra money.


Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday This and That



What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering than the family and the gathering.

Robert Brault

Good morning friends and family. Temps are on the way down again today, but not enough to make me start digging out winter clothes.  I'll be warm enough if I layer my clothes.  Just don't want to see those winter clothes anymore.  Most of them are too big on me now, but I refused to buy any new winter clothes as I still have about 30 pounds to go.  I did give away three coats that I just bought last year.  They hung on me.   

So I found out that I DO have dental insurance, and it's pretty good.  I've been suffering for awhile now with this permanent bridge, and I know it and sadly, the rest of my teeth have to come out.  Major work.  I kept putting it off because I was afraid of the cost but lately I've not been able to eat what I want and have been through two infections in the past 3 months.  Most of the time I feel pretty darn uncomfortable.  I found out that the extractions will be free and the top and bottom bridges are $150 each.  Not bad.  I was thinking thousands.

Why have I put it off you may ask.  I wanted to finish out this semester at school.  This week we are on Spring Break and my last classes are next week.  I'd been planning to do it then, but now my daughter is flying in on the 17th, my granddaughter on the 20th, and we're planning a big family get together.  It will be the first time I meet my grandchildren, and I don't want to do so toothless.  I am so looking forward to this.  Tears of joy.  A few family pics.








Today I am off to Weight Watchers.  Hopefully I will have gotten over this plateau.  It's really frustrating when you do everything right and don't see the results you were hoping for; instead, you either see a gain or remain the same.  I am so close to that 50 mark, yet I have stayed 3 pounds away for months now.  Not giving up though.  I came too far for that. 

Have a good one.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday This and That

"There's a world of wisdom in our personal stories. Your life is a legacy, a gift that only you can give. Why waste something so precious?"
"Too many Americans have ignored their ancestors and family history and not bothered to examine their own life stories, much less share them with others. They too rarely share much of their past lives with friends, or pass them on to their progeny. And yet we desperately need to do all that..."

 Dolly Berthelot



Good morning from Brooklyn, New York.  It's a rainy one here, so I'm planning on spending it indoors.  It's Spring Break so I have the whole week off from school. I really do need this rest.  I've a new alarm clock upstairs.  Oh, wait til you hear the latest.

It seems Mr. Leadfoot is renting out his apartment.  Lately I've been hearing a toddler running around at all hours of the night, and the other day I confronted a pregnant woman carrying a toddler in the lobby.  I asked her if she was new and what apartment she was in. I already knew because I had followed her footsteps to the door and knew she was on her way out.  It seems as if she and her husband are from Israel.  I didn't push about Mr. Leadfoot but I did make them aware that their bedroom is right over mine, and they have been quite loud at night.  She apologized and said they were still trying to adjust to the new time zone.  That I understand, but is it fair that I should have to adjust with them?  Well, lately now it's been a 5 am wake up for me, every morning.  What is it about that bedroom that fascinates everyone?  Why does everyone have to hang out in there?  

Now I am sure the Asian people who partied so wildly last week had also paid him, probably just for the weekend.  My intuition tells me he has an ad in Craig's List or something similar renting out the rooms for a few days or weeks at a time.  Needless to say, the office is not too happy about it and are planning to take action.  Like the super's wife said, we don't know WHO he is going to rent to.  

On a happy note, I received a letter from a lost cousin on Saturday. I'd been doing some work on my genealogy and discovered that my mom's brother had two sons so I set out to find them. Well, I did find the address of one of them and sent out a letter. Heard from him yesterday and phone numbers have been exchanged. I haven't called him yet because frankly, I don't know how to begin the conversation.  What do you say to someone you either never met  or met and haven't seen for 60 years?  It seems Mom alienated her own family as well as dads.  And in the process I have also met a wonderful new friend and 2nd cousin, his ex wife and their son.. And who said genealogy is only about the past.

Wishing my son, Jerry, a very very happy birthday.  The years have passed so quickly. 

Have a good one.

Friday, April 22, 2016

In Honor of Earth Day

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Native American Proverb

Good morning everyone, and a happy Friday to all.   Not much happening here.  Stayed the same at Weight Watchers.  I am totally surprised.  I've had a mouth sore and have not been eating much; plus I have been getting in a lot of walking.  Should have been a loss.  Oh well, guess you can say I've hit an official plateau.

In honor of Earth Day, some pictures I took at school the other day.  Spring has officially arrived, and it is gorgeous.








Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tuesday Ramble

Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off.

Author Unknown


Good morning everyone. It's going to be a lovely spring day here in Brooklyn. Wish I could enjoy it. I have a sore in my mouth that is really paining me. All soft foods since yesterday. Even had to grind my carrots last night.

Well, Mr. Leadfoot came home and is at it again. Within a half hour he was stomping feet and moving furniture. Then, he started again at 4:30 am, this time right over my bedroom. I banged on the pipes but he just doesn't care. He's evil. About 5 it quieted down and I dozed but a minute later he started again. So, I've been up since 4:30. Now he is up there and at it again. What he doesn't know is the office has already been alerted about his behavior and all they are waiting for is my call.  9am can't come soon enough.

Today I am off to Weight Watchers. Keeping fingers crossed for weight loss.

Have a good one.