Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Last week I had a week off from work....well, I should say a week away from the office because I actually got a lot of work done while I was off. :-) A long-neglected walk-in closet got a quick reorganization, and I got some shredding done. (How does all that junk mail pile up so quickly?)
With Daddy still dealing with his back issues (he has a procedure scheduled for next Monday; keep your fingers crossed!) and unable to drive, I spent some time running errands with Mom. Mom actually has a valid driver's license but hasn't actually driven to speak of in several years.
We had a very sad occasion to attend last week. A dear friend of the family, Audrey Taylor, passed away. She'd been very ill for several years, and though we'll miss her we're glad that she's now at peace.
In the neighborhood where I grew up, Taylor's (we never called her "Mrs. Taylor"; it was "Taylor") house was the one where all the neighborhood kids congregated at one time or another. She let us all use her upright piano to practice our lessons. She organized arts and crafts for us in her living room. She made the best seafoam candy I've ever eaten. We made ice cream in her back yard in the summertime and had snowball fights in the front yard in the winter.
She was a large part of the childhood of all the kids who grew up in that neighborhood in that era. We loved her, and we'll miss her. Sleep well, Taylor, you've earned your rest.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Thursday, October 03, 2013
I love fall. I love that the sky looks crisp, clean, and clear after the muggy haze of August. I love that little nip in the air in the morning that segues into a lovely warm afternoon. I love the smell of drying leaves. I love the beautiful golden glow that appears in late afternoon signalling the beginning of the end of the daylight hours.
I miss the smell of burning leaves, since no one seems to do that anymore. Or maybe it's against city ordinances? I actually don't know since I'm an apartment dweller and don't need to know such things.
I love sitting on the deck in the early evening hours after work and knitting until it's too dark to see properly. I love that a hot cup of coffee feels comforting while sitting there in the rapidly cooling air. I love knowing that soon a frost will come and hopefully help with my allergies. I love knitting mittens with the knowledge that I'll soon be able to wear them.
I love watching the trees gradually fade from their deep lush greens to the varied hues of the season. I love seeing lovely pots of mums all around town, even though I don't have any myself. (Allergic, y'know.)
I love driving home from work in the afternoon with my car window down and the air conditioning turned off, wind whipping my hair into a frenzy. I love waking up in the morning and finding that TillyCat has snuggled up against me under the covers, attempting to steal a bit of my body heat before I get out of bed.
I love that I don't need the air conditioning very often at home, but it's not quite cold enough to turn on the heat yet. I love schlepping around in flannel sleep pants and wool socks on weekend mornings to ward off the chill.
Yup. I love fall.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
My Dad's back is still giving him grief, and now we're dealing with a pain management center to try to get him back on his feet again. He's just worn out with feeling so much pain all the time, and I can't blame him a bit. Been there, done that, y'know? I was very fortunate that back surgery helped my problem. Dad's not been so lucky, I'm afraid. We're hopeful that the procedure he's going through next will be the answer. Keep your fingers crossed!
Lately I've spent any free time with Tilly TabbyCat and my knitting....and trying to keep Tilly out of my knitting. *LOL* For those of you interested in knitting, I'll post more about that on my knitting blog (see link to the right) after I get home tonight, hopefully.
Amazingly, I still don't miss having TV cable service. Sometimes I still miss TiVo, though. I really need to look into some way to have DVR capability without subscribing to a service. All I need is a way to set up to record at a certain time on a certain date. I don't need the search and TV listing service. I don't get enough channels now for that to be a big deal to me. If anyone has any suggestions, drop me an e-mail, okay? And keep in mind that although I've been computing forever, I'm still a novice in a lot of areas. *LOL*
Well, I'd better get back to work now. Isn't it amazing how quickly a 30-minute lunch break can zip by?
Have a great evening, everyone.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I love to be at home during a thunderstorm, curled up in the recliner, knitting in my lap, Tilly TabbyCat beside me, remote control and a hot cup of tea at my side. I know I'm in the minority on this one; most folks prefer bright sunshine. Not me. Give me a good drizzly day any ol' time. :-)
I should have known it would be rainy this week. Actually it started a little later than usual, since this is the week of the Virginia Highlands Festival. It's normally really hot and really rainy during that week each year.
Sorry, visitors and vendors.....I still prefer the rain!
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
So, I've made a real effort this morning to find something good in today. Here it is: At least it's not Monday anymore.
*LOL* Make it a good day, folks!