1. I read here a list of 13 things you should do in June. I’m paraphrasing a little but basically…
Go on a road trip with your best friend, pick fresh strawberries, host a garden party, take a morning run, treat yourself to a flower bouquet, spend a whole day hiking, discover a new coffee shop, try a new ice cream flavor, read at least one book, visit a Farmer’s Market, make a swing for your home, and visit a new city.
Which thing on the list do you most want to do? Of the activities mentioned, which one holds the least appeal? How many on the list will you attempt in June? What’s one thing you’d add to the list?
Now Joyce, that’s 4 questions in one! Let me see, 1.) I would love to go to a Farmer’s Market. Fun! Really into fresh vegetables these days!
2.) Going for a morning run is the least appealing. Old age and arthritis keep me from hitting the roads anymore.
3.) I will probably manage to do most of the things mentioned on the list. With the exception of running, of course!
4.) One thing I would add to the list…a visit to see my sister!
2. What’s something you could do today to feel more peaceful?
Get an early bedtime and actually sleep until 7 in the morning. The dogs have been getting me up at 5:30 the last week or so!
3. June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Are you a fan? Swiss mocha, rocky road, chocolate chocolate chip, peanut butter and chocolate, or a dish of plain chocolate…what’s your pleasure?
Any and all chocolate! But my favorite these days is an ice cream called fudge tracks. Totally yummy!!!
4. If you came with a warning what would it say?
Breaks down frequently, needs replacement of parts!
5.What’s the most interesting website you’ve visited in the last week?
With our skylight dying a slow death I have been on every repair/replace web page. Not super exciting, but definitely interesting!
6. Spring, summer, autumn, winter…which season are you? Why?
Autumn. I like cooler temperatures and the beautiful Autumn leaves.
7. “You lose sight of things…and when you travel, everything balances out.” ~Daranna Gidel
Would you agree with that sentiment? Explain why or why not.
I have always found that when I travel I see the world through new eyes. Sometimes I get bogged down seeing the negative in the world, traveling opens new doors and I am reminded of the good in the world!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
As I was driving to an appointment today I was chatting on my cell with a WW friend. I was telling her about going to a Greek Baptism and party and that I had made very good choices at the dinner.
But I also had a slice of Greek sweet bread and a slice of chocolate cake. I felt no guilt.
When I got home I was not too hungry, had a nice cup of tea and then the next meal started in back to counting all my points.
The thing is, I plan to live this way for the rest of my life, and I can live with this. It’s all about making good choices and living the plan.
I weigh in tomorrow, and we will see how it goes!
It is raining. It is raining hard. It’s raining like it has not rained in a very long time! Torrential downpours!
And our kitchen skylight is leaking! Not just a little leak, but a constant long stream of water, running down my kitchen ceiling!
We tried reseating the window. We have mopped, we have tried to stop it. To no avail!
We read about “fixing” it and the how to’s all tell you to replace the window after 10 years. It’s been 17. So tomorrow, Hubby will call and see if we can get some estimates and get the window fixed.
I am just frantic. I really hate it when things go wrong like this!
Busy week for me, as I drove out to my Veterinarian’s Office twice, and then splurged and got my hair done on Thursday.
- Greta started the week off with being in pain. I wasn’t sure if it was another bladder infection or what, but in the end, she is having some kidney problems, and we have her on medication to keep her pain free. She is doing well.
- Next, I went to Weight Watchers and lost another pound and a half. I’m working the program really hard.
- Then Anneliese went to the Vet’s today. She has been having a skin problem for a while. Blood work was drawn and I now have her on medication too. As well as special shampoo. Arnie and Lili are both fine and dandy. (Knock on wood, this continues!)
- The next few days will find me consumed with laundry. Somehow I got lazy and it has piled up!
- Thursday also found me getting a hair cut! It’s a slightly longer Pixie cut. Not sure how I feel. Mostly good, but I think it will have to grow on me.
1. Tell us about one fun thing on your June calendar.
Lunch with my cousin, Janet at Pickity Place! I am so excited about going and having this time with her, at our favorite restaurant!
2. How careful are you in the sun? Do you tan or burn? Do you make it a point to see the dermatologist every year?
Now, I am so careful. Sun screen, long sleeves, floppy hat. If I could go back and tell my teenage self one thing, it would be to stay out of the sun. I have paid dearly for my abuse of my skin, with skin cancer. Not fun, people. Take care!
My surgery in 2013.
3. Describe a time when you wanted to ‘throw in the towel’?
Just one? Probably during my divorce. I felt like such a failure. But time has gone by, I met the love of my life, and today my former husband and I are friends.
4. What’s a song you love that has a day of the week in the title or lyrics?
There are so many. Here’s one: Monday, Monday, by the Mama’s and the Papas.
5. Are you a fan of berries? Which one’s your favorite?
What’s the most recent berry dish you’ve eaten?
Just plain blueberries.
Which blueberry breakfast food appeals to you most-blueberry pancakes, blueberry yogurt, or a blueberry muffin?
Muffin, for sure
6. What’s something you want to do before your next birthday?
The next birthday isn’t a big one. I think that getting my weight under control and to be in better physical health.
7. June 1st is National Say Something Nice Day, so let’s all say something nice here.
Today, I was out in the yard with Hubby and I looked up into the sky, and it was deep, robin’s egg, blue. There were no clouds and it was almost like looking directly into Heaven.
Time is rushing by, my sweet Savannah Rose. I remember the day you were born, and holding you in my arms for the first time. I looked into you tiny face, and the love that washed over my heart, felt like I was in a whole new world! And I was!
You have brought so many smiles, and giggles and so much happiness, as I have shared you discovering the world. You are so amazing, and just when I think my heart can’t grow anymore, you say something to me and that love grows again.
When I see you running over to me, calling my name “Oma”, my life feels so complete.
Remember what I tell you all the time, “I love you to the moon and back and then some”. And know, my darling, I always will!
Happy Birthday, Savannah Rose!
Granddaughter, Birthday, Celebrations, Love
Yesterday Hubby and I finished planting the garden. I thought we were done earlier, but Hubs insisted we plant a few more plants, so off we went to Agway, to pick up some pickling cukes, Ichiban eggplants, broccoli (a first for me) and two more tomato plants.
You can see my crazy Owl. That darn head is like Linda Blair in the Exorcist!
By lunchtime, it was all done, and we came in to quench our thirst and have our sandwiches. It felt so good to sit down!
I’d decided to make up for my transgressions at Savannah’s birthday party, and eat totally lean and low calorie yesterday. So I looked up a nice Cod fish recipe, and then made the mushroom risotto and carrots for dinner. It came out quite well.
By 9:30, I was falling asleep in my chair, so off I went to bed with the dackels, waking briefly at 11:00 when Hubby came in.
Have a blessed Memorial Day!
Written in 1996
It was a cold night in Bavaria, when a little Dachshund Mommy named Elfi lay in her whelping box giving birth to four beautiful and healthy puppies. This was her first litter of pups with the young boy dog named Sam. She had two little girls and two slightly larger boys. As Frau Lanzingher bent over the box and patted Elfi she told her, in German of course, what a good little mother she was.
As the days passed the puppies began to open their eyes and play about. They were tiny and had black and brown wiry fur. One of the girls was particularly loving with all who came to see them. Frau Lanzingher would always hold her up and give her a little kiss.
One day when the puppies were a little older, Frau Lanzingher brought the basket of puppies into her kitchen. It was warm and the puppies could smell good food being cooked on the stove. A man came and took one of the girl puppies away. He said she would be going to Italy to live.
A while later three ladies and a man and a boy came into Frau Lanzingher’s kitchen. The little girl dog spotted a tall woman with a kind face. This lady bent down and said words that this pup had never heard before. But she liked the face of the lady, so she began to wag her tail and jumped around trying to get the lady to pick her up like Frau Lanzingher did. The lady didn’t need much prompting. She bent over a little more and carefully picked up the little girl.
“Hello there, little pup!” said the lady. Of course the little pup was a German dog so she didn’t understand what the lady said.
Then the lady kissed the top of her head. That, the puppy understood. The little girl began to plant kiss after kiss on the lady. The lady giggled and snuggled the puppy some more.
“She is wonderful, Jack!” said the lady.
The little girl pup liked this lady. She gave lots of kisses andshe snuggled pretty good, too. She didn’t understand a word she said, but her voice sounded nice, so the little pup decided she liked the lady enough and curled up in her arms and started to fall asleep.
The man told Frau Lanzingher, in German, that they wanted to buy the little girl and one of the other ladies was buying the friendly boy puppy. Then the man told Frau Lanzingher that the little girl dog would be going all the way to America! The little girl puppy listened and wondered where America was. She figured it would be okay because the nice lady would hold her.
So the man paid Frau Lanzingher and the nice lady, still holding the little girl pup, thanked her and then they went outside into the cold and snowy day. The lady placed the little girl pup on the snow and the little girl pup wee-weed. The other lady placed the boy puppy down but he didn’t need to go.
They all climbed into the car and the nice lady held onto the little girl pup and carefully tucked her under her coat.
“That should keep you warm” said the lady.
And she patted the little pup who was shaking with the cold and with nerves.
“Well, we know what your name will be, little one.” said the lady. “You will be Shubi. And I will be your mommy.”
The little pup didn’t know what the lady said, but she liked the sound of Shubi. The lady kept saying that over and over again. “Shubi” The little Shubi girl settled herself against the warm lady and snuggled further under her coat. Then she fell asleep.