Thursday, September 3, 2015

Friday Roundup

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us
tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden
over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses
that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

Good morning.  Been such a busy week for me what with school starting on Tuesday.  Been running about every day. Monday and Wednesday were spent in school shopping.  Got all my supplies and a bag.  Wednesday was grocery shopping, Thursday Weight Watchers, and today I am going to get my hair cut, put some money on my metrocard, and head to Pathmark for my medications.  Later in the afternoon the nurse is coming for my final monthly visit.  I think tomorrow needs to be a stay-in day of rest.

My daughter's surgery went well yesterday.  Thank you for all your prayers. 

Had a real good week with my weight.  Lost 1 pound, finally hitting that illusive 40 I have been struggling to reach for months.  And even better, it's the first time I bought myself anything to wear since I began this journey, and guess what?  I went from a size 3x to XL.  3 sizes down.  Brought tears to my eyes.  Weight Watchers does work.

It's been so darn hot and humid here I don't know how I got anything done.  Believe it or not, I have MOST of my summer clothes packed away.  Did that on Wednesday after the groceries were delivered.  Left out enough to last me until cool weather sets in and started sorting through my fall clothing.  All this and it was 90 degrees outdoors.

Speaking of heat, yesterday I stood out in the sun for 15 minutes waiting for the bus.  When it finally arrived I was so relieved to get on and out of the heat.  All but one of the front seats were empty so I sat and leaned back, enjoying the coolness of the AC...until the next stop.  There were still 4 available seats up front and a multitude in the aisles, but this lady gets on and decides she just HAS to sit in the seat right next to me. If the bus had been packed, and it was the only seat available, I would have understood, but she could have sat anyplace rather than plop her hot sweaty body next to me.  I just don't understand people.

Had a spammer on my blog yesterday.  Glad I filter messages.  One of those born agains who cited a whole bunch of Bible verses as a comment.  I clicked his name and discovered he has a Christian blog.  Now, don't get me wrong.  Everyone has a right to their beliefs however different they may be, but they DO NOT have a right to come to someone else's blog and spout their beliefs.  What they don't know is that although my heading may denote Pagan, I have more spirituality within than they could ever hope to have.  I look for the good in all.  His close-minded self can't say that.

And with that I take my leave and bid you all a magnificent fun-filled weekend.

Thursday Photos

(My daughter is having gallbladder surgery this morning.  So worried, but I know she will be fine.)
What a desolate place would be a world without flowers.  It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome.  Are not flowers the stars of the earth?  And are not our stars the flowers of heaven?

Clara Balfour 

On picture day I try to show you a glimpse of my universe, so for today I am sharing some pictures I took on the way to the park.  Brooklyn is really a beautiful place to live.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday Memories

Then and now.

Sorry the picture isn't so clear.  Mom had it almost glued into the album, and I was hesitant of tearing it by trying to remove for a picture.  It is so old.  About 62 years old, in fact.  This was our first home.  I lived here until I was 18 years old, and my parents bought a new home. So many memories here....camping out in the back yard, huge snowstorms, snow forts, my first pet, Susie, school days, bike riding.  My best friend, Kathleen.  

One day I was in my bedroom playing with my paper dolls when I heard, "Little girl, little girl, can you come out to play?"  We remained best buddies until she moved away after grammar school.  For awhile we kept in contact, but high school happened, and we went our separate ways.

I also got my first kiss while I was living in this house, and it was the first time anyone said I was pretty.  I was sitting in a swing with a boy from down the block.  Wasn't much of a kiss.  Just a peck on the lips.  Heck, I wonder now why he chose me, and if he maybe had some problems.  I was only about 11 years old at the time, still playing with paper dolls and dolls.  I didn't understand.  He was in his late teens. Sounds like he liked little girls.

And this is the way it looks today.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Morning This and That

Silence must be comprehended as not solely the absence of sound. It is the natural environment for serenity and contemplation. Life without silence is life without privacy. The difference between sanity and madness is the quality of our thoughts. Silence is on the side of sanity.

Norman Cousins 
Good morning everyone, and a happy Monday to all.  I wasn't around much last week.  Thanks Marsha and Aine for your concern.   The weather here in the city has been so hot and humid, and I ended up suffering from a full-fledge pain flare.  My hands and arms hurt so badly that I couldn't even type.  Thankfully, I am feeling better now.  Still some soreness, but nothing I can't deal with. Finally found the Tylenol Arthritis, and it seems to be helping.  Motrin and Advil raise the BP.

A taste of fall at the park.

Time is passing so quickly.  I can't believe that fall will be here in a few short weeks. And school starts on the 8th.  I've so much to do this week.  I've purchased all my pens, notebooks, and folders and downloaded the books I need onto my Kindle, but I still need to find a nice bag to carry everything in.  For those who don't know, I'm going back to school this year.  The state has a special program for us senior citizens who want to further our education.  This time around I will be focusing on health and nutrition.  Have quite a busy schedule in store for me starting at orientation on the 8th.

I also plan on visiting my old workplace at some point this month.  I found an express bus that will drop me off two blocks away so I won't have to mess with the subway.  It's not bad price wise either.  Since I am going at off peak hours, I will only have to pay half price with my senior citizen card.  That'll be only $3.25.  Not bad.  And when I get back to Brooklyn I can transfer to my regular bus home for free.

So, I also want to get myself something new to wear as well as a color, which I will do myself, and a cut at the salon.  They haven't seen me in over two years.  I've lost 40 pounds of fat and lines of stress from my face.  I want to look good when I go.

Speaking of looking good, I got off my bus and was walking over to catch my transfer the other day, and I heard one of the construction workers whistling.  'Not at me,' I thought. 'I am much too old for that.'  Then I looked and sure enough, he was looking right at me.  At first I was feeling a little annoyed; after all, I am 68 years old and a great grandma.  But then, I started to feel good about it.  It's been a long time since someone paid attention to me crossing the street...aside from the car blowing its horn for me to hurry it up.

Went to my favorite park on Friday and spent five hours there enjoying the peace and quiet.  So much serenity.  And then I think about how just a little over 300 years ago this land was part of Indian territory until my ancestor purchased it. Seems like such a short time ago. (Sigh)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Roundup

Commitment unlocks the doors of
imagination, allows vision, and
gives us the "right stuff"
to turn our dreams into reality.

James Womack

Good morning, and a happy Friday to all.  It hasn't been an easy week, weather wise, for sure.  High temps and humidity make it pretty nasty and oppressive outdoors. Stayed in most of the week.  I can do that now in retirement...but, I really don't like to make a habit of it.  Took a walk on Tuesday to put some cash on my metrocard and stop at the market.  Made out like a champ. All this for only $16.

And this is what I did with all the vegetables.

Yesterday I went to Weight Watchers.  Not getting enough exercise lately with this extreme weather.  Not walking as much as I was so I ended up staying the same. At least it wasn't a gain, but I really would like to lose a few more pounds before I head into the city to visit my peers where I used to work.

Once I start classes the weight will start coming off.  There will be no excuses to stay in like I am now.  The weather is no excuse to miss class.  And I already have it planned that I am going to walk up the three flights rather than take the elevator.  And get off the bus at 49th and walk to 60th on the way home rather than taking a second bus.  Of course when it's rainy that won't be feasible. But, also, food won't be so readily available to me when I am in class so I won't be doing of that boredom nibbling. Not that I eat cake and cookies or things like that, doesn't even tempt me now, but even lots of fruit can add up in the long run.

Well, that's about it for this week.  Hope your weekend is filled with lots of fun and laughter.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday Photos

 Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature.

Lynn Holland

The other day I went to the park and sat in my usual spot, looking out over the water.  

But, my gaze kept being drawn elsewhere, towards this path....

So, I decided to take it and see where it led me.  And I am so glad that I did.

It led me into a magical place where I was surrounded by trees whose leaves sang in the wind....even though there was only the slightest breeze.

I felt like I had stumbled into a fairyland forest.  I stayed 4 hours and eventually had to drag myself away.

Even had a visit from one of the little creatures.  I was wishing I had brought some nuts.

A rustle in the wind reminds us a fairy is near. 

Author Unknown

And as the seasons come and go, here's something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day. So listen, touch, and look around — in the air and on the ground. And if you watch all nature's things, you might just see a fairy's wing. 

Author Unknown

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday Quote

This is my own personal serenity spot in my home.  I love just sitting in quietude and enjoying the slices of nature I have brought into my home.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson