Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday Ramble--All About Books

Had a long weekend what with Martin Luther King day.  And boy, was it ever a cold one.  So glad I didn't have to go out in it.  It's cold this morning, too, but not as windy so it won't feel as bad.

Been doing a lot of reading this weekend.   Bought a used book from Kindle about holistic treatment of arthritis.

'Arthritis Survival: The Holistic Medical Treatment Program for Osteoarthritis'.  It's a good book, but I've read most of this already.  However, as my body continues to deteriorate I continue to look for ways I haven't tried before, and the author does offer some good advice while  addressing the multiple causes of arthritis (unhealthy diet and nutrition, poor sleep, stress, inactivity, environmental causes, negative beliefs and attitudes, etc.

One thing I've done is started reading on my Kindle Fire again.  I took a 3 month trial out on Kindle Unlimited and have been reading magazines and all kinds of books.  It's up in March, but I do think I will keep it up as even at $9.99 a month it does save me a lot of money.   You are allowed to borrow up to 10 books and magazines at a time, and as your return them, you get more.

Got a few cookbooks:



And non-fiction


Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday This and That

Monday morning and no place to go.  Center is closed for Martin Luther King day, and it is so cold and windy out there.  Another day to just hang around the apartment.  

Spent a lot of time with Isobel over the weekend.  She really tempts me to get another one, but I'm really not up to it financially or healthwise.  It's been nice playing and cuddling with her, but one must be prepared for many years of care...and I just can't make any promises.

Guess what!  I got into a focus group that all happens from my home.  All it involves is trying out a product for 5 days and talking about it with others on their blog.  And it pays $300.  And if you're chosen for a home visit it's another $150.  Awesome.  Really can use this money.  As usual, I overdid Christmas.  

I was also elected to the senior council at the center.  I'll be it's secretary.  Gives me some say in what goes on there.   Also gives me the opportunity to sit in on the food committee.  I have some ideas for that already.

Had a wee bit of snow on Saturday afternoon so I got out early and got all my shopping done.  Have plenty of food so I have no need to go out until tomorrow.  Much as I love going to the center, in this cold weather I welcome a chance to stay in. 

I am wanting to get my hair gray. It's time. Spoke to my beautician (do we call them that anymore?) and she said my hair was light enough but a bit too much red. She suggested I put an ash color on to mute it so I bought ash blond. Now I'm scared. Don't know what it's going to look like. I want to do it this morning, but.... Oh well, it will wash out won't it?

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday Roundup

And what a week it was! 

I've been taking care of my neighbor's cat while they are away.

Her name is Isabella, and I am in love.  She is the sweetest little thing. Purrs and rolls over to have her belly scratched. 

Had a great time at the party....although dancing was out for me.  I did do the Electric Slide and a bit of the Irish Jig but really felt it in my back.  Seems I now have bursitis of the sit bone and my right hip is aching a bit.   Grrr!!!  What next is going to go wrong with this old body?  

On a plus side, I did win second place with my socks.  $20.  I sure can put that to good use.  And I did do a bit of the Irish jig with a friend....until it really started aching. 

 Let the dancing begin.

Henry is 86 years old, almost blind and deaf in one ear, but boy can he dance.  He doesn't stop from the time the music begins until it ends.  Even has to change his shirt because he works up quite a sweat.  Lunch that day was baked potato, asparagus, and baked salmon.  I don't eat seafood so I had the alternate--chicken cutlet.

This is my friend Mary.  She had cancer surgery about six months ago and now is showing signs that it traveled.  Her first step is a biopsy of her thyroid.  She is so upbeat.  There are no 'why me's' from her.  Please say a prayer that all goes well for her.

We have some new groups at the center.  On Friday we have a group called 'Connect Through Creativity'.  Each week we are given a question to discuss.  This past Friday we met for the first time and set the rules and each gave a word for the coming year.  Mine was "Hopeful".  As my chronic pain condition deteriorates, I continue to remain hopeful about my life.  Then we discussed what we wanted for the New Year.  Each week a question will be asked and important words noted.  At the end of the 8 weeks of the group we will take the important words and make a poem of them to be published in the monthly newsletter. 

We also have games on Wednesday mornings.  First time I ever played Yahtzee.  I love it and look forward to it.  

A new group started on Wednesday afternoon--Pa Parla Italiano.  The group will focus on Italian culture and cooking--right up my alley. However, same person is in it that ruined the Wellness Group, and they are doing the same thing--talking about themselves.  And then there is a new guy who sat across from me picking his nose and flicking it off.  Disgusting.  Don't know how long I'll stay in this group unless changes are made.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday Morning This and That

What an awesome weekend we had.  Springlike weather that made it hard for me to contain my spring fever.  At this time of the year, once the holidays are gone, I start thinking Imbolc and making plans.  

Of course, my holidays are NOT over yet.  Still have two Christmases to go--with my goddaughter and our yearly family Christmas.  My son and goddaughter had decided that tomorrow was a good day since both are off from work, but no one consulted me first.  Tomorrow afternoon is the "Silly Sock" party at the center, and I already purchased my ticket....

...and my socks.  So tomorrow is not good for me.  Wish they'd consult me first before they made plans.  

And we still haven't gotten out to Jersey for our family Christmas.  It's just so hard to get everyone together with work schedules.  My granddaughters are both nurses and although my granddaughter who had the stroke is no longer working, my other granddaughter has to work every other weekend, my son works most weekends with an occasional day off, my grandson works weekends, etc.  You get the picture.  And this year we'd had Christmas weekend all planned out when we all started getting sick....starting with me. 

Last night we went to Olive Garden to eat.  Yummy.  Love that place, and they feed you so well.

I always get their whole wheat linguini with marinara and meatball topper.  Splurged and had some of the lemon cake, too.  A friend had recommended it, and it was oh so good.
Have a wonderful day.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Roundup

Good Friday morning all.  It's been a busy one for me.  Went to the center each day and in the evenings took my time taking the Christmas decorations down.  All that is left now is the tree.

Decided not to set up my fairy village for this season.  My living room was becoming much too cramped.  It's not that huge even though in this picture it looks so....

It also serves as a dining area because I don't have an eat in kitchen.

The other day I got an email from Capital One informing me that they had denied payment for an Amazon order because my new card had not been activated yet.  It is actually a Walmart card, but Capital One had taken over and issued me a new card.  The problem is, I hadn't received my new card....which they informed me was mailed to me on December 19th.  Our mail has been pretty messed up lately, ever since our regular mailman retired.  I am always finding other people's mail in my box so I imagine that someone got my new card in their box and were terribly dishonest.  Fortunately for me it was caught in time.  New card with new number is on the way.  

I also called the post office and let them have it.  When we find someone else's mail in our box we put it on the lobby window sill.  One day I saw someone's bank statement there.  That is not good at all...and now that I am aware that not all of my neighbors is honest, I shall be extra careful.

I'm not really a hat person and bought the above for a gift, then realized I already had a gift for that person, and being that I fell in love with this one, I kept it.  Wore it the other day and forgot to take off the tag.  No wonder people were looking at me.

Speaking of gifts, I know it is the thought that counts, but sometimes you just can't help being disappointed.  I have a friend at the center who I gave a nice Christmas gift to.  I purchased a gold chain and an amethyst pendant and made her  a beautiful necklace, a bar of homemade soap I bought on Etsy, and a scented Christmas votive, also purchased on Etsy.  She gave me 2 roll on pain relievers which I don't use and some face mask which went straight to the garbage because no one I knew would want it.  Then on Wednesday I see she gave another peer her gift.  It was a nice face cream and body lotion.  I was kind of hurt.  I believe Christmas gifts to friends should be something to let them know you think they are special, not something that makes them feel old.  Am I wrong? 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Monday This and That

Good morning everyone.  Ready for the new week?  It's a bit chilly this morning, but can't complain about the weather temperature wise. It's been a pretty warm beginning to the new year.  Friday and Saturday were wet, yes, but not torrential rains.  Just that annoying misty rain that doesn't go away.

Had a busy weekend.  On Saturday I went to put money on my metrocard, put cash in the bank to cover my bills, and do a bit of shopping.  I needed the ingredients for my pernil soup.

Hubby had bought such a huge pernil, and I just hate to throw any away so two meals are in the freezer and we had the soup on Saturday.  I have to make another to take to my Goddaughter's house...when everyone is finally well.

Speaking of cash.  That's one of my goals this year.  Pay off or pay down credit cards and stop buying so much.  Online shopping has become quite addictive to me, and I can easily spiral out of control.  Time to rein things in.  I spend a lot on books so I enrolled in a 3 month trial of Kindle Unlimited for 99 cent a month.  After that it's $9.99 a month.  It's working out well, too.  I can read as many books a month that I want.

Also made a pot of American goulash for this week.  Had the sauce already made and in the freezer.  Had to make some room.

I was busy, busy, busy in the kitchen.  I felt like having something Mexican and found a great recipe for Black Bean Chelaquili.  Of course, changed a few things around to make it mine....and so glad I did.  It was a delicious meatless meal.  Served it with a Greek Salad.  Go figure. 

Dinner last night for me. So yummy. Made with corn tortillas, black beans made with salsa, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder, and topped with Mexican 4 cheeses. Served with avocado and tomato cucumber salad.

Had a bit of a scare yesterday.  Woke up and found my balance was all off. Was staggering and holding onto the walls just to make it to the bathroom.  As the day wore on it got better, and this morning it is gone.  Seems to have been coming from the ear I have some hearing loss in.  Must have had a fluid buildup.  

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday Selections

The theme of December's Inked Goddess box is Shadow Working.  So appropriate for this time of the year when utilize the longer nights as a time for self-reflection. 

Each year at this time, when the chaos of preparing for the holidays subsides I make plans to spend my evenings shadow working, but just never seem able to get into it.  This box offers all I need to keep myself motivated.

Shadow Working Envelope Spell Kit.  Herbs, parchment, and directions to perform your own cleansing and banishing spell work.

Shadow Working Eclectic Witch Card Deck Expansion--Shadow Work, Snowflake Obsidian, and Journaling.

Snowflake Obsidian and Onyx Bracelet.  Helps comfort, ground, and protect you during shadow work.

Shadow Votive Candle.  Amber, Patchouli, and Ylang Ylang.  

 Altar Card.

Stickers for journal.

Metal Match Box with Shadow Working Matches.  To light the way.

Beautiful Phoenix Journal.  The phoenix reminds us that we, too, can rise from the ashes. It is really gorgeous.

And I bought this book to work with. 

January's box will be Legendary Creatures  of Myth.  Should be interesting.