And a gracious good morning to you…

It’s 8:30am and 66º with more than a bit of sunshine and a brisk cool breeze – Heaven!

It was much cooler when I woke at 5am; I didn’t get out of bed until 6:15 and the laundry was swooshing away by 6:30am.  Yes, today is Monday, double load laundry day. For some strange reason the clothes, sheets and towels seemed extra soft and wrinkle free this morning – don’t know why – maybe because for the last few weeks I have been using hot water for the wash? Don’t know but I’ll take it.

Tomorrow is my ‘procedure’, an endoscopic ultrasound to take another look at the mass in my stomach that nearly killed me last September. This will involve anesthesia and the anesthesia department will be calling me this afternoon to complete their questionnaire.  So much medical stuff is still being done by phone and video because of Covid – which, of course, is on the rise again because people are morons, assholes and incipient murderers. Is that harsh? No, just the truth. Take it or leave it. I ain’t going nowhere without my mask. Hi-Ho Silver and away!

A neighbor has been gracious enough to volunteer to pick me from the hospital tomorrow – you aren’t allowed to leave alone, you must be accompanied by someone 18 y/o or older and someone who is known to you. My husband can’t accompany me, or pick me up because he is an asshole.  If my neighbor can’t make it, I’m screwed.

Can you give us something a bit more cheerful, you ask? Ok –

The family visit last week was a total delight. I finally got a chance to meet my granddaughters – they are 2 and 4.  We put them up in a suite at a local hotel about a mile away from us. They spent part of their days at a fabulous park across the street from the hotel, they went to the National Zoo and even toured some of the monuments – not that the girls were all thrilled with the monument thing but their parents were. If you are ever in the D.C. area the Lincoln Memorial is a total must, as is “The Wall” and adjacent to that the Vietnam Nurses Memorial  – so powerful. They also liked the WWII Memorial – I don’t know, it never impressed me much.

They came to us around 4 in the afternoon every day, and we just hung out doing stuff – coloring, playing with blocks, running around the apartment, playing hide ‘n seek – just stuff plus dinner of course. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, it was a great visit.

And then there are meatballs – I like meatballs but you just never know how they will come out since there is no real recipe – just a list of ingredients – no amounts given – how much of any one ingredient depends on your taste and texture. I made ‘meatballs and spaghetti’ for the family – and they were the best meatballs and gravy (spaghetti sauce, or red sauce to you) I’ve made in, like forever! I’m still drooling over how good they were.

I’m sitting at my desk and I’d rather be in the living room watching my sparkly curtains dance in the breeze –

I miss it

I inherited a particular skill/talent/ability and like any skill/talent/ability it must be practiced to keep those skills sharp and to broaden their scope.

Unfortunately my skill/talent/ability requires interacting with people. There are aspects of it that I can do alone, which to me is a bit pointless, tho I have to admit it has been a little useful in the past. But my inspiration, so to speak, really comes through people and for the past 12 years I have had very little contact with people.

I’ve totally lost my mojo and I miss it.

(I’ve closed comments…this was just a brain dump to get this off mind.)

Just a quick hidey-ho

I’m wrecked. Saturday we did a massive clean. Then Saturday night I got about 3 hours sleep. More cleaning and cooking Sunday morning into the afternoon THEN the family got here – OMG.

The little one – OMG – the little one! I’ve had lots of photos and short videos sent; we’ve Facetimed but nothing compares to real life – she is beyond fabulous. Yes, yes her older sister is beautiful, smart, charming, really good kid , turning 4 in September but little miss turning 2 in August – I’m totally captivated.

After like a 4 hour drive from Jersey to here, and having never met us, the little one was wary and shy of us, of me. No worries, I know how kids are, don’t push it. But –

After having spent about 3 hours at our place, just being and doing normal stuff, futzing around, fooding, clearing up, as they were leaving to go back to the hotel the littlest puts her arms out, so I can pick her up! I do and I get a spontaneous kiss! I’m in heaven!

Older sister is such a good kid at just-about-4.  We were unloading their car in front of the hotel and littlest was clinging to her Mama and went into the street, I tried to take her hand and get up back on the sidewalk and the tears started – she wanted her Mama. I picked her up, she was still sobbing. Da Mama says to older sister “Take care of your sister.” There’s 4 adults there but we are trying to unload a car and watch out for the 2 littles – Anyway, Thira (the oldest) takes her little sisters hand, makes soothing chat and calms her right down.  Lovely to see.

Even in our apartment, Thira is being all energetic and crazy but she is also aware of her younger sister, Coren her name is, and where she is and what mischief she might be getting into. She doesn’t take charge, because the adults are there for that, but she lets us know that Coren has wandered off, not that there is far to go in an apartment or any real mischief she can get into. Thira doesn’t boss Coren around but she is aware of her and gently steps in as needed. Hard to describe, lovely to watch.

I don’t know our son-in-law very well but we quickly fell into easy conversations about the most general of things, he’s a good man, our daughter chose well. He loves his wife and he loves his daughters and he is a good Dad…watching their family interact is like watching something from a wholesome feel good Hallmark movie. Swear to god, I’m not just saying this because they are mine.

The weather sucks so I don’t know what we are going to do today – but I do know I’m gonna love every minute.


Because I am too exhausted to think…

We spent the day super-cleaning because the family is coming tomorrow.  So today all I have to offer you are these jokes  (which I totally stole) – I laughed, I hope you do to –

It’s the 1700’s. Two men are standing back to back with their single-shot pistols at the ready.
First man, “Why are we doing this?”
Second man, “Because you dishonored me. And also because I hate your stupid pun jokes!”
First man, “I see. So it’s a duel purpose.”

The first cat was getting ready to fly into space.
Then someone told the cat that space was a vacuum.

Does anyone remember the chiropractor joke I told about a week back?

You know how when you try to pronounce the names of your medications and accidentally summon a demon instead?

I was at a carnival with my grandson and asked him if he wanted to go into the crazy house.
He said save your money, we’ll be home soon.

I walked into a friend’s room and there was a lamp sitting on an IKEA side table box. He said he figured out you don’t actually have to assemble those things.

When a kid says, “Daddy, I want mommy”. That’s the kid version of, “I’d like to speak to your supervisor”.

I don’t need a mood ring.
I have a face.

You know you’re old when you clean to the music you used to drink to.

Did you realize that if you sit on the toilet at 11:59 and the clock strikes midnight, it’s the same shit, different day?

I’m good at sleeping. I can do it with my eyes closed.

As a kid, did you ever knock on people’s doors and run away before they could answer? Well, guess what, UPS is hiring.

Him: I got bitten on my walk by a Great Dane.
Her: My God, imagine if it had been a small child.
Him: I could have fought off a small child.

I’m looking for the book Ventriloquism for Dummies.

If any of you non-rich people want to go to space for 10 minutes, I know a good brownie recipe.

Apparently, it’s rude to poke someone in the forehead and say “skip intro” when they start talking to you.

It’s been kinda a fun day

Last night my husband, voluntarily, opened the windows and I awoke this morning to a crisp cool breeze. I had slept like the dead. Sunshine all day but a breeze, at 4pm it’s only 82º with 31% humidity. So fabulous. Tomorrow the weather will suck but today, ah, TODAY!

I don’t talk in the morning – no talky! Today was an exception:

Me: Who the hell is jack-hammering and making that godawful racket at 7 in the morning?
Husband: That isn’t a jackhammer, it’s a truck.
Me: Okaaay ….Why the hell is a TRUCK making that godawful racket at 7 in the morning?
(Husband buries his nose in the newspaper)

Had a decent experience in the supermarket this morning, despite the deli person slicing $14.99 per pound roast beef into paper thin slices, wadding it up in a ball and shoving it in a plastic bag. Hey, a little respect for the food, we aren’t getting this food for free. And no one asked for shredded roast beef.

But other than that – no salad bar available this week; very little fresh meat, frozen vegetables pretty much non-existent. We all know why – Thursday is ‘Senior Citizen Discount Day’ so they don’t bother re-stocking the shelves, especially with the weekly sale items, because all those old people might buy more stuff and then get a bigger discount.

We bought lots of extra stuff this week because the Baby Princesses and their parents are coming on Sunday – so lots of extra mouths to feed. Fun tho, so much fun. Just to see them in the flesh! So excited!

I got my new keyboard today too. I’ve had this model before but I had to ditch it because, somehow, it got infested with ants! I live on the third floor of an apartment building, I do not have a balcony, I do not eat at my desk. ANTS – crawling all over my desk and in and out of my keyboard; same for my husband’s desk and keyboard (his desk being in a different room than mine). WTH?

So we ditched the keyboards and I bought keyboards with extra large keys – my husband loved his, I hated  mine. So after many months of cursing the keyboard I treated myself to another Matias Mechanical Keyboard. Ahhh –

For one thing it makes that lovely clicky-clicky noise. I love that noise. I can elevate it so it’s at an angle which I prefer and best of all, the very best of all, accessible from the keyboard itself are all those special symbols, accent marks and doodads – no trying to remember codes, shortcuts, or whathaveyou –  This is a MAC keyboard, specifically, they also make PC specific keyboards, and they also make QUIET keyboards, I just happen to like the clicky-clicky.  The company, Matias, appears to make ONLY keyboards – bit of a niche market, but oh my goodness so many to choose from! Then again most of you use your phones for everything and have no need. Us die hard desktop, big screen loving users, we like our keyboards.

Perhaps part of this post sounds a tad grumpy, but you know, just relating how the day went, despite a few irksome things, still a fun sort of day. I’m all happy and upbeat…it’s the weather, I know. Windows Open! Windows Open!