Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Telescope #Sweepstakes

This is a contest for a fancy-smancy $2000 telescope.  Whats better than to take up astronomy during the Pandemic.  Do not check any of the boxes unless you are interested in receiving info from them. Go straight to Enter.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Baseball #Sweepstakes

Here is an easy contest for you Baseball Lovers (Margaret).  If you win ($100,000), don't say I never gave you anything. 

It's a Heat Wave

If 2020 wasn't bad enough we are having a Heat Wave (link to Martha and the Vandellas) here and it is a killer.  It took me a day or two before I checked the weather reports and learned that it really was as hot outside as it felt.  Buddy and I both can hardly make the block anymore it is that hot.  They say the Heat Wave will settle in for several weeks in some places. I'm saving now for my utility bill.

I saw this funny somewhere.  It is not Buddy but looks just like him.  I may ask the Artist Grand Girl to make some faces for me.

I'm still hearing bits about not letting the Republican Convention come here.  Some people are really mad at the Mayor and others agree that it should not happen.  I saw the Prez had a face mask on at the Walter Reed Hospital.  Thank you big dummy.

The Texas Governor is threatening serious lockdown/facemask/whatever if we don't get the new virus to calm down.  And then there is the idiot in Florida who wants school children back in school.  I know a couple of mothers who would go for that.  Hahaha.  It does seem that children don't catch if very often but we are seeing more young adults/teens who are catching it now.

Here is my latest rock.  The colors came out really well and I'm pleased.  I wonder if I can start a business like the Pet Rock phase, only call it the Pandemic Rock.  Hahaha.
I've spent a lot of time entering giveaways.  I won another giveaway from a Chakra Incense company.  They emailed me that my prize is on the way.  I remember it included Essential Oil and Incense but I don't remember the other two things.  It will be fun to see.

 It seems like I haven't seen a real person, except for the grocery store, in so long.  I talked to my sister and my best friend for about an hour each.  My sister thought she had a version of COVID because she slept for about 5 days straight.  Several other people she works with got the same thing.  Have you heard of anyone reacting like that?  I have been worried about her because she had the breast cancer/radiation that they caught early.  But she is keeping in touch with all her doctors and has had her meds changed in case that was it.

I am back to watching documentaries for lack of anything better.  I watched one on this Japanese military guy who they say really started the whole Japanese aggression a good while before WWII.  It was really interesting to see the films from the pre-WWII era to the end.  I also watched a separate one on the fight for Burma.  That was incredible what they went through.  These types of documentaries should really be shown to the high school students.  It makes such a difference over what you read in a history book.

I know, I'm strange.  It's my parent's fault.  My Dad loved being a Marine and we watched every war movie with him. What little girl didn't want to sit beside Dad and watch movies.  My Mom loved PBS and Documentaries.  And remember, this was in the days of 1 TV in the house.

My daughter and her girlfriend were supposed to get married next month.  She said she called the Courthouse to check on the marriage license since the Governor was closing things down.  She was to call and make an appointment to get the license and then they will just go to the JP.  She had intended to have an outside wedding at the Church but it's locked up.  She was told they could only have 6 people at the JP wedding.  That takes the pressure off me.  They will have a big party when things are back to normal.  I'm afraid they will have a lot of time to save up.

More later. ..

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Shirley Valentine and the Republican Convention

Have you ever watched the movie, Shirley Valentine?  It seems like I catch it about every 10 years and each time, I am at a different stage in my life.  Right now, what jumps out at me is when she talks about the brave person she used to be when she was younger.  I think she is in her early 40s in the movie.  Not old but no longer the carefree young.  I can relate.  I wish I was still brave and hungry to explore life like I did when I was younger.

I doubt I would jump on a flight to Greece for a two-week adventure even if I did win it free.  I enter contests for travel.  Mostly here in the US but some European trips as well.  I suppose I would go but would probably take the cash option if offered.

I received my little prize from the (CBD) Brothers Apothecary.  I have not tried the tea yet but I ordered some capsules that promote deeper sleep.  The pills contain Valerian, Chamomile, Melatonin, and Skull Cap.  I took one last night at about 9:00 pm.  I thought it might take up to an hour to kick in but I started yawning about 9:30.  I went to bed and listened to my book for a while.  My Fitbit said I went to sleep at 10:54 pm.  I woke at 8:30 but was still tired so I listened to my book for a little while and fell back asleep until noon.

I often wake up too tired to get up so I'm not sure if this was the effect of the pill or my natural body response.  I think I'll try another one tonight just to see if it makes me sleep an extra long time again.  If so, I'll know to try it when I have those sleepless nights and stay up until 8:00 in the morning.

We had to cancel the Grand Son's 21st birthday party.  We made plans the week before when they announced the reopening of Texas only to close it again.  I really hated to miss celebrating this special birthday with my favorite person in the whole world but I read a news comment about a family holding a party for grandparents.  The host had the virus and didn't know and infected many family members including the grandpa who is hospitalized and not doing well.

I'm glad I saw the Grand Girls the week before because I would not have let them come over this week and I would have missed them for another long, long while.  They had expected to reopen schools in August but I imagine that will not happen.

I don't know where my brain has been but I just heard they are planning to hold the Republican convention in Houston.  Not No but Hell No.  That's all we need to have a bunch of outer towners running around mixing their virus germs with our virus germs.  That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard but then my check comes every week.  I'm not sure how I would feel if I was losing everything like so many people. 

There is a difference between what you do out of necessity for your family and a high faluting vacation starring the Orange Cheeto.  Bah Humbug.

More later ....

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Big Texas Race to the most infected

What have I been up to besides racing against Florida and Arizona to see which State can have the highest numbers in the Covid battle.  Our Republican Governor who seems to dance to Trump's tune and keeps opening up more and more places yet voicing that we should be careful.  I won't even go into it.  I'm expecting Houston to be the next NYC just from the number of people and close living conditions. 

Having said that, I took a risk and the Grand Girls came over and spent the night.  It was the youngest's 7th birthday and I passed on her party but allowed them to come over.  It rained off and on so we didn't really get any fun walks or nature collections.  I had also charged all the cameras and we were going to do a photo safari but that got rained out.  We collected rocks to wash and paint but they didn't have time to dry out after washing because of the rain on the porch.  I think the Girls would be happy to get back to school.  They are supposed to open in August but who knows.t 

Buddy is better.  It turns out that it was his front leg that was hurting him.  Sometimes when he first gets up he has a little bit of a limp - kind of like I do.  I wonder if he is copying me. 

My oldest Grandchild, Shaun, is turning 21 today.  When he was young his father lived near me and we spent a lot of time together.  I was thinking about how long I yearned to be 21, to be grown up - so nobody could tell me what to do.  Yeah, right.  Luckily he is not so head-strong. 

Oh, and I won Second Place in another contest.  It was from the Brothers Apothecary and has something to do with CBD.  I won some tea and Wildflower infused honey.  I have no idea what I'm getting but I ordered some evening relaxation pills out of appreciation.  Hahaha.  I don't think they'll make me high.  I don't know what is legal in Texas so it is all going to be a surprise.  I'll let you know. 

More later ..... 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Summer in the Sun

For those of us who are not lucky enough to have a pool, I saw this post on Domino about turning a metal stock tank into a pool.  I thought it was so cute. 

We don't have a pool at our complex.  Like many small complexes around the same age, our pool was covered over and is now the dog park.  

If I had room I would definitely try this.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Just a Share

I use Bloglovin.com to follow the blogs I read.  At the bottom of the page, after I have read all the new posts I  follow, there are bits about blogs I might like.   I saw these pictures on the Sea of Shoes blog.

Debbie Reynolds in 1964 Goodbye Charlie (with Tony Curtis).  Isn't she just adorable?  I had forgotten how cute she was.  I may have to see if I can find this movie somewhere.  

This throwback of Dianna Ross and the Supremes is from a Post about her Christmas playlist. How many of you had the record player in a case.  I sure did.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

This, That and the Other

Life over here has been covid normal.  Staying home mostly.  Grocery store has been about my only outing.  My endocrinologist even refilled my insulin without going in.  That was a shocker and one appointment I would have had to keep if she had insisted.

Buddy has been under the weather the last couple of days.  Not sure if it is his belly or back but he walks all tightened up.  He hasn't even wanted to go outside for a few days and then he waits for me to carry him down the stairs if we go outside - and normally he hates to be carried.  We walked about 2/3rds of the way around the block.  He was walking very slow and then a short time after he did his business he waited to be carried.  I felt him all over and he doesn't react as if in any pain.  I'll have to take him to vet as soon as I get my next check.  Why is life always about waiting for your next check? 

My sleep has been on its regular around the clock rotation.  It does seem like I'm sleeping a little longer each night.  I thought you were supposed to sleep less when you are older?  

My gum disease from the diabetes has become pretty bad, as in serious gum recession.  I've put that on the list of urgent things to take care of.  Darn it all.  I think my mother was right - it is not always fun to being an adult.  

I've been spending the majority of my free time entering online sweepstakes.  I won a ring (costume jewelry)  in one contest and a couple of books for myself and the Grand Girls in both print and kindle.  The great thing about Goodreads.com is that you can have more than one address so when I enter for a children's book I use their address and the book goes straight to them.  Neat.

I also won 3rd place on Gardentowersproject.com.  My prize was $100 off a Garden Tower (see picture below).  Unfortunately, the Garden Towers run about $300 so the balance was beyond my means so I had to pass.  My wins amounts to an hourly rate of about 02 cents an hour for my invested time!  Ha.

Here is a picture of the Garden Tower.  It is actually a pretty neat pot.  

I started a new blog at www.love-sweeps.com which is just about sweeps.  I'm not sure if I will keep it up.  I was searching for other blogs to hook up with and most of them I found had not been posted on since 2015 or 2016.  That is kind of odd for a great number of people to drop out then.  However, I also drop in and out of contesting and have noticed that the sweeps out there are not as great or as many as there used to be when I was last contesting so maybe that is the reason.

I got a coupon from the place where I get my oil changed but I doubt I've driven 50 miles since this virus started.  I've topped off my gas once just to use the gas coupon you get from Kroger.  I need to top it off again just in case I have to run from the zombies or any other virus that might attack us.  Hahaha.

I can't think of anything else I can share.  Life is so dreadfully mundane - and that's not too bad.

More later ....

Friday, May 1, 2020

Lost my Blogging Mojo

I confess.  I've lost my blogging mojo.  I'm still reading but about once or twice a week.  I have to say I feel pretty contented with my restricted life.  Most of it consists of walking Buddy, crafts and a little tv.  Sounds like everyone else so I'm not complaining.  Well mostly not.  I do miss my walkabouts.  They were different from my Buddy walks.  Walkabouts were going to stores were I could look and daydream while stretching my legs.  That I do miss.... a lot.

I locked my keys in the car this week.  There was quite a panic on my part.  I was about ready to break either a car window or a house window.  I had a spare car key in the house but I did not have a house key stashed outside.  I've ordered a hide-a-key for the car and I have a stash place on the porch now. 

I also had the unfortunate timing to get locked out of my apartment on a day the office was closed.  They are only open on Tuesday and Thursday except for special requested maintenance.  I called the answering service to see if he might be on the complex but they couldn't find him.  Another reason to panic over the keys I could see lying in the driver's seat.

I was rescued by a young policeman who stopped to mark a broken down car parked out front.  I asked him if he could help but he did not have any equipment.  He said he would see if a wreck was nearby that they would normally lend a hand (at that point I would have been glad to pay).  He ended up finding another police car who came by and did the trick.  The second set of police had two officers.  The second young officer was so nice but the other seemed a little put out.  In fact, he told me it would have cost me $60 for a tow driver to unlock. 

I didn't tell him that I let my AAA expire in January as I had never used it for several years.  Will definitely renew when my check comes in May. 

More later ...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Answering Machines

Remember when answering machines first came out and we all hated to hear our own voices on the thing?  That is kind of how I feel about this video chatting.  I'm quite sure I don't look like the woman saying my words.  Can I get an avatar instead?


I tried to put wrinkles, sags and more white hair.  Darn, it wouldn't let me. Hahahaha.  Guess I'll just have to go like my 30 yo self. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Not a lot to say.

I broke down and order some washable facemasks from Etsy.  I had hoped that disposable masks would eventually find the way back to the shelves but then I would have to go to the store(s) without a mask to see.  I couldn't find any disposable you could buy online and with pollen as bad as it is down here, I should probably wear one on high bloom days. 

Anyway, glad to support a home-store.  The masks I bought are made of white dotted cotton and have a pocket for inserts.  I bought 2 and figured I could wash them in the sink with lots of bleach and the white material wouldn't fade much.  Speaking of, I guess I need to order more bleach.  I keep it on hand for cleaning but only buy the smallish bottles.   If I can find a large one, it won't go bad if this "thing" should happen to end before the bleach does.

Life has been so boring. I signed on for a free week of Starz and watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  I had wanted to see it but had negative feelings about the fact they used the Sharon Tate murder story.  Turns out, I loved the ending and wish it had been true for that poor group of friends. 

I have washed so much TV that I may never watch it again after we are released.  I have watched parts of the worst programs I've ever seen on Netflix and Amazon Prime.  The fact that they cancel shows I love and spend the money making these awful programs astounds me.  I know there are all kinds of different tastes out there but I have to seriously worry about the people that like some of these programs.  Hahaha.  They'd probably laugh at my choices too.

Other than the need to make a grocery trip, everything is fine.  My sleep is back to rotating around the clock.  No problem.  It's not like it prevents me from going anywhere.  Buddy and I take our two walks a day.  No long walks.  Only had one person walk next to me on the sidewalk and she was talking on her phone and probably (hopefully) didn't realize she wasn't distancing.  I usually go to the street (luckily we have those extra-wide streets with bike lanes) if I see someone else on the sidewalk and they do not look like they are going to distance themself.   Since she was coming up behind me I expected her to move to the street.  Ha. I wish I could teach Buddy to growl on command. 

More later ...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

So, what's new?

Things are not bad over here.  I have groceries and toilet paper and haven't been to the grocery store since I decided to hunker down, except for the time I made a late-night run for chocolate.  I always knew it would be chocolate that killed me one of these days.

The weather has been very pleasant and my walking numbers are up.  Buddy has been hanging out on the balcony and we are working on "no barking" but I think he is bored too. 

Our meal delivery only lasted four days.  I think their volunteers probably petered out.  I only got one meal out of it because of my insulin timing and it was roasted drumstick and potato with orange slices.  Tasted so nice.  I really appreciated it since I don't cook anymore and can't go out to restaurants now.  I  did hear about two local restaurants that were still serving but I just don't see the sense in risking that - says the woman who went out for chocolate. 

My oldest Grand Girl made me sign on to something called Marco Polo.  It is a chat line.  I usually send her pictures and texts to her phone anyway but this way it records a little video, I think, and you talk or send videos back and forth like a CB (remember those?).  So I've sent pictures of Buddy playing and the fish swimming.  They are not really at the conversation stage or so I thought until Grand Girl said she had a friend waiting to Chat so she would talk to me later.  I am being dragged into the future whether I want to or not.

I don't have any masks and don't have a sewing machine to make one but decided if I do need one I am going to cut up a puppy pad the size of a bandana and wear it.  I mean if nothing leaks through to my floor then it ought to protect me from an airborne virus. 

More later. ....

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Some Pleasant News

The day before yesterday the office sent a notice that the office would be closed and no maintenance except emergencies.  Of course, phone and email options are still available so everything should run smoothly. 

Then yesterday we got a notice that the organization supporting our apartments would be providing lunch for an undetermined time on Monday through Friday from 11 to 12 at one of the large patio areas. 

The area has tables, chairs and couches that were spread out to allow for social distancing.  I arrived at 11:00 and a few neighbors were already there.  Our craft counselor who works for the organization and was organizing the event told us that the food was delayed because they had such a large turn out at all the locations they support. 

I talked to a couple of my neighbors and then decided I would walk Buddy and come back.  When I came back lunch had still not arrived but I had to go home and eat because I had already taken my insulin. 

I know some of the people living here (55+ community) have health problems and some don't have cars. 

For some, this may be the one good meal they have.  I thought this was so kind in this time of unpleasantness. 

PS  I have worn the new shirts I bought.  I look really good watching TV.  Hahaha.

More later....

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Grocery Shopping

My check hit the bank this morning so I logged in to place a pick-up order at Kroger.  For whatever reason, and I can think of a few, they have discontinued drive-up orders, for today anyway.  So, I threw on a dress and ran to the market.  There were a lot of people but not that much more than normal.  There were large baskets in the check out line but then I don't know what size family they have or who they are shopping for. 

I was able to get toilet paper and paper towels but some of the strangest things were out.  I only eat the solid white albacore tuna and there was none, but there was regular tuna so I got what I could get.  I eat a lot of tuna for my protein so the better quality is important.

It went on like that.  I eat specific food over and over to keep my sugar level and to make it easier to keep my cabinet stocked.  Here were some surprises. 

Peanut Butter.  I only eat Jiff Crunchy.  None.  I was that much surprised since that is a Hurricane basic but there were other brands of Creamy available.  I didn't realize Jiff Crunchy was a favorite.

Cereal.  When I eat cereal I usually eat Honey Nut Cheerios.  None on the shelf.  Regular Cheerios and thousands of other brands - shelves were quite full - so I had to go for the knock-off Honey Nuts in a bag.  You know the kind I mean?

Milk.  I don't drink a lot of milk but when I do I drink 2%.  So, there was whole milk and 1% milk so I got the 1% to go with my fake Honey Nuts. 

I got two small bags of dog food but forgot puppy pads.  Duh.  I plan on walking a lot more but they are a necessity.  Always out for emergency needs.  No. 1 item on my next trip.

I bought Boost Glucose Control for sudden drops in sugar.  I usually drink Rich Chocolate which is palatable.  I bought two cartons but ended up with 1 Vanilla.  Yuck.  It may turn out to be ok but I generally don't like Vanilla drinks.  Oh well, time to learn. 

I needed garbage bags.  I usually buy Kroger brand with the pull string which holds up pretty well.  Not today.  I picked up the kind where you tie the flaps.  They may work just fine but I'm frustrated that in my haste to get through the store I ended up buying some of the wrong items. 

I spent more than I have ever spent in my life but I do not feel that I took more than I should.  I have heard that a few stores are having the first hour of the day for seniors only.  I think that is nice but I haven't heard Kroger is doing that.  I did see that the reduced hours are 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Very reasonable for working people I think. 

I did talk to a couple of neighbors yesterday.  It seems we have all got cabin fever.  The schools are closed so the traffic is reduced significantly.  I've seen a lot of dog walkers I've never seen before.  I wonder if some of those people are working at home now. 

I looked at paperbacks in the grocery store but I have used the library for so long that I had sticker shock. 

Did you see this meme.  So funny. 

More later.....

Monday, March 16, 2020

Just Checking In

I was offline while the Grand Girls were here so I tried to catch up on my reading of your blogs this morning.  I did very little commenting because I am having a bit of brain fog today.  So please know that is the reason you have not had a response from me. 

I'm broke this month because I had a bit of a spending spree.  I bought several lightweight, sleeveless cotton shirts for our year-long Texas summer weather.  I was excited about wearing my new purchases but it looks like I won't be going anywhere to wear them for a while. 

I also bought myself some curtains for the front windows.  By the way, I have lived in this apartment a year now and renew my lease this month so I guess you could say it is working out well.  As I've told you many times, I love watching the sun come up or set, depending on my sleep schedule, through the trees across the boulevard.  I have vacillated on buying curtains since I moved here. 

Last week I received a coupon from World Market so when I was near I stopped in.  I was not looking for curtains, just for my $10 shopping credit, but saw some I couldn't live without.  So now I have curtains and they make me happy. 

Since I spent all my money on my new purchases, I cannot go out and binge on toilet paper. 

The weather has been lovely here.  I did a little work on my flower pots and have been able to leave the door cracked so Buddy could go on the balcony.  He loves the outside feeling and watching all the walkers but acts a fool.  I decided during this social isolation I would try to teach Buddy not to bark.  This involves me getting up and shaking a finger quite often but at least it will keep my hips well oiled. 

This will not be an easy task as many small dogs, like Buddy, are barkers but you are limited on what you can accomplish during a pandemic.  This may also be a good time to lengthen my walk time if we are not told to stay completely inside at some point.  I simply don't have the mental energy to panic and trust that I have raised my children to be responsible and care for their families.

For me and Buddy, we will try to be diligent.  Insulin has a shelf life and I have to get one of mine at Walmart.  I don't know what will happen if they close the store because their pharmacy does not have a drive-through and I save $100 by buying it there.  My other Insulin will be ready for renewal next week I think so I will have 90 days of that.  It sure would be nice if I could buy my insulin by mail but it has to be refrigerated.  Where is a drone when you need one?

More later ....

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Groceries, Coronavirus, David Duchovny and Spring Break

I placed my first order to be picked up from Kroger this afternoon.  I'm doing this partly to keep myself germ-free and partly because of my cough.  I have allergies almost year-round and am constantly sneezing and coughing.   There is something about recycled air in a store that causes me to cough frequently.  It doesn't seem to matter if it is a thrift store or high-end dress store, I still seem to cough.  I will try to stay at home and spare others the scare.  I would get tested but I have no other cold/flu systems.  Since it is possible I could still get exposed and I don't know what Medicare will end up paying, I'll save my test for when I have the flu symptoms. 

Speaking of, isn't it sad about Tom and Rita Hanks being exposed in Australia, assumably.  Apparently, Rita really had the flu symptoms.  American royalty so I'm sure they will get the best treatment. 

I'm surprised our President hasn't used the Mexicans, et al at the Border to reinforce his plans for the Wall.  Maybe he is doing something secretly we don't know about.  Once a liar, always a liar so who knows. 

I watched Aquarius (the tv show) with David Duchovny on Netflix.  I watched an episode or two when it was on in 2015 but I was not feeling it then.  Since watching Mindhunter and Ted Bundy programs, I guess I am a little more anesthetized.  I read the book Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, the Manson prosecutor after it came out in 1974.  I have never been a true-crime book reader so I'm not sure why I read it except I guess to understand why but there is no explanation to crazy. 

By the way, Duchovny was Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton, received a Master of Arts in English Lit from Yale and started on his Ph.D. but never finished it.  Who knew?

This tv program was loosely based on real life.  Manson was portrayed in just the way I expected him to look and act.  David Duchovny played a fictitious police officer who ended up investigating the Tate murders.  The show was about the events of the times in all of its ugly glory and ended with the murders at the Tate house but not the arrests and trial.  I have never been particularly attracted to Duchovny.  He is a nice looking man but in this show, he was showing signs of aging in a most attractive way. 

I don't think I ever thought of this while I was dating at that age, but there is a stage where a man's jawline begins to soften a little and the area under his chin is a little looser and dare I say if you are looking up, the face as a whole tends to hang forward a little.  Well, Duchovny was about 55 in real life at the time of filming and darned if this old girl didn't flashback on the past and think - yeah, that was a good stage in man's life. 

And, of course, I loved the clothes and hairstyles of the times.  I loved the focus on politics and politicians as well. 

So watching this two series program was my relaxation, although it did cause me a lot of thinking, during a four-day spring break visit with the Grand Girls.   We did make salt dough ornaments and they had a lovely time.  We made our usual visit to the library on the day before they left so they weren't here long enough to read.  They spent one evening with my daughter and her adopted boy.  The youngest told me that the adopted boy told the Oldest girl he wanted to marry her but she told him no because she was too young (10)!  OMG, I'll have to keep my eyes open. 

Buddy and Youngest watching Video

It's hard to make salt dough without getting flour Somewhere


Or Everywhere

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Dick Tracy comics

Suz at BusyBeeSuz brought up Gravel Gertie and a funny story about her Grandmother.  I got to thinking about Sunday comics.  Remember when there was a big section, in color, devoted to age-old favorites and newly introduced characters.  I met Charlie Brown, Lil' Abner, and Dick Tracy there. 

I remember a character from Dick Tracy called Sparkle Plenty.  My youngest Grand Girl who is all arms and legs and movement loves pink and purple sparkly things and I often refer to her as Sparkle Plenty.  So, I decided to look up the backstory and found this amazing comic cover. 


Oh my goodness.  I forgot about B.O. Plenty and didn't know that is where I heard of Gravel Gertie until I read Suz post.  I do remember both of their drawings now that I've looked them up.  

Ok, confess.  Those of you with iphone watches - don't you feel like Dick Tracy when you talking on them?  Haha.  I confess everything comes around again.  

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Quick catch up

Here is my 70 yo birthday selfie.  I couldn't get a good picture.  They all looked like a teenager making faces at the camera.  Here I am trying to hold my eyes open so I look like I have more than slits.   Hahaha. 

Also, the day is nice so I had the door open and Buddy was laying in the sunshine.  I thought this one turned out pretty well.  Kind of like a boudoir picture for dogs. 

Well, my energy is on the way up again.  Thank goodness.  My kids bought me a Fitbit for my birthday.   In case you don't know, Fitbit is a watch-like contraption that records your steps/walks/runs, blood pressure/heartbeat, and sleep.   Anyway, I had been wanting one but was too cheap to buy it in case it disappointed me.  I am far from an athlete but was curious about a lot of the information the watch offered.  Do you call it a watch?  It does tell date/time.  It doesn't matter. 

Buddy and I took a good, but not extra long this morning.  The walk was 1,800+ steps.  Wow, that sounds like a lot and that is only one of two daily walks.  Unfortunately, the aim is 10,000 steps so, nope, gotta long way to go. 

As my blood sugar gets balanced again, I look forward to seeing how far I can push myself.  So much fun.  (Has anyone watched the tv program Miranda with Miranda Hart?  The mother always says So Much Fun and I had visions of her as I said it.)

It also recorded my sleep and that was interesting.  It graphed the light sleep, deep sleep and awake moments in the night.  I'm going to read up on sleep next and see how my nights compare to what is considered a good night's sleep. 

More later ....

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Trying to Keep the Synapses Firing

Today is an all-time low.  Only the thought that a shot of insulin may make me feel better could get me out of bed this morning.  This is a terrible disease and I just want to warn people and beg them to get treatment and follow a healthy routine.  They say it makes you feel tired and I can't think of a better way to describe it but to think that you do not have the energy to get out of bed and go to the kitchen is a scary feeling.  Anyway, I am trying to keep the brain working so it doesn't get rusty while waiting for my body to find it's way up again. 

I do have an idea about what happened.  Since I have Roku TV, I don't have to watch ads most of the time.  However, Hulu, for one, has commercials - and I do pay for that, not included with Roku.  There have been a lot of commercials for Weight Watchers and I decided to buy a one-month online membership.  I knew they had a course for diabetics at one time but when I logged in and filled out the form it took me directly to Blue Plan.  I figured a low-calorie plan would probably mean low carbs also but it didn't work so well for me.  I couldn't balance my insulin with the plan and kept getting lows.  So I've given it up.  Luckily I just bought a month.  I have to say I do like their computer program of picking recipes and entering the values for food that are not on there.  The program did ask for carbs as well as other vital info but the information was geared to how many points and not showing me (although I could have found the info) my carb consumption.  I'm going to research it a little further to see if I can make it work for me but I would say that with my limited use as a diet plan and counting program, I thought it was worth the money. 

Aside from that, I celebrated my Birthday by watching two of the Oscar/Academy nominees.  First I watched Parasite.  It is the first foreign film to win.  Now you know I watch a lot of foreign tv and film but I remember the first foreign film I saw and how hard it was to watch the screen and the words at the same time so I am really surprised from that standpoint.  However, all those awards shows really like strange movies most of the time so I can see it from that standpoint.  The story was somewhat interesting.  My daughter loved it and I would not have paid to see it.  Two views. 

The next night I watched the Joker.  What???  Joaquin Phoenix portrayed an incredibly strange person which was just right for him.  I'm glad I saw it but I wouldn't have paid for it (saying after the fact).  What I did like was how the story led you right to the beginning of Batman, so like some of the Star Wars movies, you might want to see it for that reason. 

Next I am going to watch Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  Quentin Tarantino is another strange bird.  I have liked a few of his movies and been quite confused by others.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt both like strange movies at times so all three together - I just don't know but I'm going to pay my money and take my chance.  

Something that I did see and truly enjoyed was a mini-series called something like the Million Dollar American Princesses.  It was the story of some 200 American Heiresses who went to Europe to find Titled Husbands.  It delves into the history of each Heiress and the history of each Aristocrat.  It was heartbreakingly sad for some of them.  This one I recommend if you like that kind of thing. 

Well, I feel like my brain is warmed up and moving a bit better.  Thanks for hanging in there with me. 

And you will note that 70 years old does not mean you lose your vanity and give up on your chubby little body.  Hahaha.

More later ....

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Birthday Musings

Today is my birthday.  I am 70 years old.  Some of you have already seen this day and for others, it is somewhere in the distant future.  For me, it just seems so strange.  In my mind, I think I'm about 32 with two schoolers to tend to.  Instead, I've got two Grand Girls just about the same age. 

Birthday Card from oldest GG (and Buddy)

I wish I could ask my mother if she can believe I'm this age.  She'd probably say that I'm lucky she let me live this long.  She was loving but strict.  There was quite a bit of combustion when I was a teenager.  Hahahaha.

I wish my Grandmother could see me now.  My heart always belonged to her. 

My children bought me a Fitbit which I really wanted and a bunch of books and tools to do mandalas.  I still seem to like the crafts from the 60s and 70s.  Is it just because that was all around me or is it because it is true to my soul.  I think it was true to my soul but what if I had been born at a different time?  Would I be a totally different person with different interests?  My daughter and I are very alike in our lifestyles, crafts, music and art appreciation.  So maybe I would still be myself. 

The Grand Girls were here this weekend and I had just the right amount of energy, but the last two days I have been dragging.  Yesterday was domino day and I couldn't go but I will follow up and see if anyone turned up and if so, try again. 

My brain goes into slow gear with my body when I get these energy drops but I'll be right as rain soon.  So, that's all for now. 

More Later .....