Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Finally, my internet is back and working fine.  Today I called the provided and they gave me a credit of $6.67 to take off my bill.  I was satisfied with that.  Glad to be back on line.  That was Tuesday.....then I tried to keep busy the rest of the week. 

School ended for the summer last week and I knew that it would lead to some long days of sitting in my apartment alone.  So I decided to buy a new frame for my bed and get rid of the waterbed drawers under it.  I knew better than to do it alone so I got my grandson for the day to help me do the job. 

He thought it was easy-peasy.....he helped to empty the drawers into a storage tub and then vacuumed the floor.  Then we opened the box the new bed frame came in and he said he hoped I had tools....well no tools were needed and he said it was the easiest thing to set up that he had ever seen...soon we had the bed together and I told him I needed a break.   I had taken several breaks before that.  He said that it was a good thing I didn't help out at his house as they weren't allowed to take breaks when doing projects.  I told him when he got as old as I was that he would need breaks too.   Once we took a break he didn't complain though.  :)

The next day I work up and my back hurt.  I took some aspirins and got ready to go to my daughter's for the graduation party.  It hurt all the time I was gone....I took aspirins, Tylenol and was looking for ibuprofen but couldn't find any in my purse.   I left the party right after I had eaten.  Came home and was on my sofa for the rest of the night and two days later--I decided it wasn't going to get better on its own.  So I called the doctor and went in to get checked.   I would rate my pain level around a 10 by the time I drove to the doctor's office. (It was almost as painful as my knee surgery!)   I hardly ever cry in front of anyone but found tears flowing as I sat in the room alone.  I was having a real pity party for myself.     I ended up getting a steroid shot....pain pills, steroid pack,  muscle relaxers and a sheet of exercises.  I left the doctors office and thought I should just go home and get the medicine later or wait and see if my daughter could pick them up...then I just bit my lip and said to myself that I had better go now....if I went home I wouldn't want to go out again and I didn't know whether my daughter would even do an errand for me.   I remembered the other days laying on the sofa and wishing she might call and bring me a take out which never happened....best to take care of myself.  

That afternoon waiting at Walmart's was difficult but when I got home and took the pills it wasn't long until I was feeling better.  So, is my back better?....no...I can still tell that the pain is still lurking in the background but at least I can function. 

The other strange thing that happened is when I was taking things out of the bedroom a snapshot went flying across the floor.   It brought back a flood of memories that I have buried for about 12 years now.  It was a picture of me and my last husband....It almost sucked the breath out of me because I can't remember the picture ever being taken.   Here it is



I know it must have been around Christmas time.....and it just sucks that we looked so happy...because it all ended so badly.  This week while on the sofa I watched the new show Married at first Sight....the last episode was last night.  Its a show where couples who have never met get married and try for six weeks to make it work....then they make a decision to stay married or get a divorce.  This time two couples decided to stay together and one couple opted for a divorce.    It made me think of the picture....my husband and I only knew each other for about a month when he proposed and we were married 3 months later.  I wonder if we had spent a little more time getting to know one another if it would have ever happened.  It still hurts to looks at pictures because I didn't want a divorce...but he didn't want to be married to me anymore.  Sometimes I think divorce is worse than a death because death isn't a choice but divorce is.  Funny thing is when the kids at school ask about my husband I fib and tell them he died.  I hope Jesus forgives me for that...if I tell myself that enough it helps.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Just when I have decided to blog again, my internet goes down!  It is just too hard to type my iPhone so I will have to wait until they fix my internet.  I will sure miss it since they won't come until Monday or Tuesday.  Have a nice weekend everyone.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Again not a lot to write about.

Went to school this morning and the kids are getting wilder and wilder.  Today was the day of the math test. 

Each student was given a folder to put up in front of them (so no one can look at another's paper)...then the test is handed out.  It was two pages with 4 problems on each page.  The first four were addition problems and the other page was subtraction.  The teacher reads the question and then gives the children time to answer.

But I forgot...before that happened there were pencils to be sharpened (by me) and erasers to be found.  It's the end of the school years so both are in short supply.  But somehow we manage to get everyone ready.

First question was something like this ....there were 5 birds on the fence...3 more birds landed there...how many birds in all. 
Well...two weeks ago this would have been easy for them....but since I haven't seen any math done in the last couple of weeks...it was like asking them to write the formula for an atomic bomb or something.  I was sitting at one table beside a girl that begged me to sit with her.  "Grandma" she whispered..."help me."   I said that I couldn't...it was a test.  She started crying.

I moved to another table.

Next question and the little boy sitting next to me said "I need help Grandma"   So again I whispered that I couldn't....It was heartbreaking.  More that half the class turned in papers that were incomplete...but there was some surprises too....some children that I thought wouldn't know seemed to have no trouble at all.

When I left school today I was worn out.  Six more days to go.  I stopped to think about that and realized then I wouldn't have anything to do to keep me busy.  I will really miss my days with the kids then.

Today I learned that there is a chance my daughter who lives in Florida might be moving to Alabama.  I don't know anything about Alabama....now I wish I would have gone to Florida with my friend tomorrow....I might not get to go again.  That is just sad.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

I hope everyone had a happy memorial day and was able to reflect on the people who have served in the armed forces to protect our freedom.   I had plenty of time to think about it today since I stayed home alone.  I can remember many memorial days when I didn't even give the true meaning a thought....it was just a day off and usually with a picnic.  Maybe it's because I am older now and tend to be more thoughtful of things but I am appreciative of all those who have served and especially overwhelmed that some gave their lives so I could have the freedom that I do.

I haven't blogged in almost a year.  No real reason just didn't have much to write about.  Life is about the same for me.  My knee is so much better.  I only have a little stiffness if I sit too long....but I am able to walk without pain!  (For someone reading this that didn't know I had a total knee replacement and was recovering when I last wrote. )

I am still doing the Foster Grandparent program.  This year I was in a kindergarten class and just loved it.   Last winter I realized one day that hardly any children had neck scarves....I felt bad for them because it was so cold so I asked if they wanted me to make them one.  Of course they all wanted on so I had quite a job to get them all done.  Here is a picture of them with their scarves

Altogether I made 19 scarves....several children were absent the day of the picture. 

We sure had a good time this year.  I can't believe that all these children now know how to read
and also some are great writers.  Just this last month I started teaching them how to play chess...some have caught on quite well.

If you notice I have a new profile picture.  My hair has changed....don't know for sure if I will keep it like this (blonde) but I will try it out for this summer.

I have also joined a fitness center and am trying to get in shape...it sure is difficult as we get older!

That's about all for now.  Be back soon.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I just read on the internet that Friday marked the 45th anniversary of the song "Let It Be" by the Beatles.  Hundreds flocked to Abbey Road to do the traditional walk across the street.

I did this walk in the 90's....so I thought I would share two pics...as you see I certainly looked different and was just recovering from a bad fractured arm. 




As you can tell I was hurrying...and traffic was bearing down on me....now I guess they are going to put a traffic warden there to aid people who want to walk across.



Until just recently I thought that I was one of the few who chose to do this but I guess it is quite the thing to do and many hundreds of people have done it.

Tomorrow I head out to Florida....so the only internet I will have is on my IPhone....hard to blog that way.  Not sure when I am returning....time will tell.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thinking Tuesday

I am calling today Thinking Tuesday.  Just for myself.  I am home today and going to do some thinking.  I have had a busy couple of weeks.  I went to the Ann Arbor Art Fairs....actually four of them were all going on at the same time.   It was crazy full of people and I actually got to have a conversation with the man who won best of show for painting.  I was walking by his booth and stopped to ask him some questions about his paintings.  He answered and we had a little conversation.  Later when I went by the Art Fair Booth I saw that he was the winner!  To me this was amazing because I just stumbled on his booth.  It seems like they place the best paintings in one area so I always make it a point to browse that area before I am too tired. 

I also went to the county fair.  It was at my daughter's insistence.  Lately she has been making sure that I do things.  Maybe it is the idea that I may be leaving to live in Florida...but whatever it is she has been keeping me busy.  This weekend we are going on a little trip up North....stopping first at Frankenmuth.  I haven't been there in ages...for those far away Frankenmuth is stuck in Christmas...there are quaint little shops selling Christmas items and of course, a store named Bronners...could possible be the biggest Christmas store ever.  I will try to take pictures.

Last night I brought in some more stuff from the trunk of my car.  I went to my storage and got stuff to go through.  I usually bring it in late night when the other residents are asleep....they always have questions like...."Are you moving?"   So I thought I had it made but when the elevator went up it stopped on the second floor and a lady got in with two books (our library is on the 2nd floor).  First thing she asks is...."Are you moving?"  lol.

Anyway I went through the box and it was mostly junk...some paint brushes...and some oil paints that are probably ruined by the cold winter....then I opened the bin and found more summer clothes...so I spent the next 1 1/2 hr trying on clothes.....I only found a few items that didn't fit....and the rest I really liked.  You see I never buy something unless I love it....so I just have so many things that I love.  It will be hard to whittle things down for a move.  That is one of the things that concerns me on moving.  I know I have to let go of things but it is so hard for me.  My daughter is no help....she really doesn't want me to go so I can't ask her to help me decide what stays and what goes....and I definitely can't take everything with me....heavens, I have just too much and to pack it and move it would be too costly for me. 

Sometimes the little voice in my head asks if I am doing the right thing.  My son and daughter who live here think I am not making a wise decision.  My son told me no one will hire someone my age.  I can't go there and not do some kind of work.  My daughter who lives in Florida says that getting a job won't be a problem...but it is here so why would it be different in Florida.  In two weeks I will
see what the job situation is in Florida...on the internet there seems to be lots of jobs advertised...but whether that is actually true remains to be seen.

Today I read about a woman called the woman in black.  She is seen along the highways between Georgia and Ohio....She only carries a little bag with her.  She dresses all in black.  How did she make the decision to give up all she had and just walk and live on the land?  Is she desperately sad or really more content.  Jesus tells us that we shouldn't lay up treasures on earth,

Matthew 6:19
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Maybe I need to keep that thought in mind in my personal situation. 

Well, enough for now.....have a great Tuesday...it is cooler here in Michigan today...hope the sun is shining where you are and that blessings are raining on you.
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Yesterday I had the day off from the Summer Reading Program so I decided that I had better do what I had planned from the beginning and head out to Toledo and go to my painting group. In the beginning I was volunteering 5 days a week and then realized that the artist club had painting times on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. So I asked to change my scheduled days to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so I could paint with others.  For lots of reasons. I had been putting off going.   I always have been a little bashful in new situations so that is one of the reasons.  Another is my preparations for the Florida start new idea.  So yesterday I had a talk with myself and kind of got after myself and headed out. 

It is about a thirty five mile trip to the Toledo Botanical Gardens (where the Toledo Art Club calls home).  I was still not certain that I should go so right away a little voice inside kept listing more reasons not to go. The main one that popped up was about my car.  My car is old. It was purchased for cash after I had to let my wonderful Prius go back. I had intended for it to be a temporary vehicle and to get a better one down the road.  Now it's going on 5 years and I still have it.  Lately it has developed a problem. When it gets to between 49 and 52 miles per hour, it flutters.  Acts like it might stall out.   Scary. Again I gave myself a little push and decided I would just have to have more faith that I would make it there and back. (I did, by the way.)  

I actually got there a little early (8:45am) so I checked facebook on my phone.  I waited and waited.  It was 9:15 then 9:30.  I tried the door it was locked tight.  At 9:35 I decided to leave.  I went across town to the large shopping mall.  I tried on a lot of clothes and vowed to go back on my diet.  I did find one dress on sale for half price and since it was sleeveless I had to buy a shrug to go with it. Then I went to chic filet for lunch and told myself that I would get serious about that diet tomorrow. Lol

After that I was pretty worn out but I wanted to go back to the artist club.   To get some answers about the painting group but also to see my paintings hung in their gallery.   I knew the club Secretary would be there at 1pm.  So I went back across town.  When I got there I saw a lot of cars in the lot.  This didn't surprise me as I knew that there was a different class in the afternoon.  I went in and asked the secretary and she told me yes that they did have people painting there in the morning.  ?????  I told her my situation and we surmised together that it must have had a really late start.  Probably the people who regularly attend this were aware of it..but not someone like me...a first timer.   So although disappointed I understand.  I went in to look at my paintings and to compare to the ones who won.  (I didn't).  I guess I took the theme wrong.  It was the road less traveled and mine were the only ones with roads in them.  Most of them were paintings of farms.  I guess farming is done less nowadays but I wasn't thinking like that.  If I was part of that morning group I might have known.

So I left and drove home.  No incidents.  Yeah!   When I got home I was beat.  I sat on my sofa for a moment and awoke with a start about an hour later.

I was contemplating watching some tv and putting my feet up when I remembered that I had promised someone to go to the local opera house to view a play.  So I freshened up just in time to leave.  The play was "Catch Me if You Can" .  It was a movie but I had only seen parts of it.  The interesting thing about it was how they handled the many changes of scene.  I think there must have been about 14 scene changes.  The disappointing thing was that it was mostly a musical.  I must say that most of their plays are.  I would like to see a drama sometime with maybe only one or two songs. 
 One gal (toward the end) was a really great singer....I would have liked to hear more from her.  The lead male was good but kind of a boring voice and persona.  I got home at 11:30pm....a busy day and late night....made getting up today a little difficult.

Today I did the reading program this morning and am heading out to get my prescription and any groceries and then the rest of the day I will take it easy....maybe paint a little, read a little, stare at the tube a little.  Tomorrow Ann Arbor Street Festival and Art Shows...4 in total.