Thursday, September 30, 2010

Goodbye Icons

Being hit with a touch of nostalgia looking at JAPRA's blog post today, I was reminded me of something I had loved in England. Postboxes. You could always tell the vintage of them by looking for the monarch's initials, ER (Elizabeth Regina) or GR (George Rex) for the most part. I'm not sure that I ever saw a VR or if there ever were any.

Along with the traditional double-decker bus,

and the phone box (a newfangled BLACK one!,

these things are slipping into history. My history and my sons' history. The younger one really has no recollections of England as he was three when we moved to Thailand but my older son had seven years of England entered into his memory bank.

I agree with JAPRA about snapping these icons now. I suspect they will be history in your lifetime. My local US mailbox disappeared about a year or so ago with mailbox pickup being phased out. Our mail carrier takes my Netflix returns etc but that little walk, 1 block, was a nice part of life. He doesn't complain, and my mail does get to its destination in rapid time, but I miss that mailbox. I think I'll have to go find one somewhere and take a photo lest "I" forget what a standard US mailbox looked like someday.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ohhhhh, me and yoga

I have really liked the new gym that the city opened in January and miss it when we are away. Of course, once I get back each time it's hard to fall into my old routine and I mentally do a lot of grumbling. This summer they started some new courses which are free to full members. I am one of those.

Some of the classes are designed for the 'more mature' members such as moi. On Mondays there is a balance class, on Tuesday a yoga class for seniors, and on Wednesday a Sit and Fit.  Nope, no Stitch and Bitch, that's usually at Barnes and Noble!

I have yet to make it to the Sit and Fit as the program said it was on Thursday, when I went, and it turned out it had been changed to Wednesday.

Well the first yoga class was ok, the 2nd I missed, and the third was good. By the third, we were down to only 3 students which was fine with me.  We got a lot more individualized instruction and that was really nice.

Today I'm not sure what we did differently, but boy did I break out into a sweat! That was good but pretty surprising. Yoga can be so many different things, and like the cat above, I have more of a middle than I should. However, today I felt my body stretch a good bit, and after yesterday's stretching in the balance class, I'm glad tomorrow is just a Sit.


Monday, September 27, 2010

AAM Monday

Another Monday, this one feeling almost like real fall weather with very high humidy/drizzle that makes the temperature seem higher than 70.

It is a day where the clothes are in the dryer by necessity rather than hanging on the line.

It is a day when my dh has a conference to attend this week, but oddly enough it is not in another city somewhere in the US. It is in a hotel about 2 city blocks away from our house!

It is a day where the cat is still not awake even though I have been up for almost 3 hours.

It's a day where I feel like going back to bed myself but will be off to the gym shortly.

It is a day I am grateful to have found something valuable that was mislaid.

It is a day to be grateful for life and the choices it offers - always.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

How I find A Book

You never know when a new book will fall in your lap or shopping cart or your GoodReads list. Yesterday, a new book came via the Wordless Wednesday site. Now I must say that I don't know if I'll check back on that linky list too often since many of the WW photos have text or the poster doesn't get that you are supposed to link your specific post, not your site, to Mr. Linky. Rather than get ticked off with other peoples' blogs, I'll just venture into some and wait for serendipity to happen as it did yesterday.

One link I had to try just for the name was Beth Fish Reads. Now Cooking My Life reads too so this sounded like a good match, eh? (I was in Ontario this month...) Beth does read and she also reviews books and only lives a state away. I liked all that. But as I scanned down the blog, yes scanned, as it was only morning and I didn't want my dh to find me still at the computer in my jammies when he returned for lunch, a phrase caught my eye and heart.

Here was the phrase that sold me. "I open my cello case and smell my grandfather." Ok, that was it. Gimme the book, put it on my GoodReads to-read list, and share it with you. I want to read this. I must be learning some lesson as I have avoided short story collections and stated that publicly, so what is this one? Yep, a short collection of stories. Simon Van Booy's Love Begins in Winter.

Oh, I'm also a sucker for a good cover. I didn't even see this one when I made my decision but look at his other upcoming philosophy books and tell me those aren't great covers too.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Then she asked...

I am considering this for my studio.

Do you have this and if so what do you store in it? No, I'm not planning on storing makeup as one blogger does. I'm curious if this would be good for craft punches and other awkward stuff? Oh yeah, how much of a bitch was it to assemble...

Monday, September 20, 2010

AAM Monday - Blue Glass Special

All about me?

Well, there's not a lot to tell today.  I finally had my appointment withe the eBay agent, and took a laundry basket full of stuff over, along with 2 boxes of blue swirl glasses I bought in Vermont several years ago. For the life of me, I have been unable to identify those glasses and sadly neither could the agent. Thus, she declined to try and sell them. The longer this goes on, the more likely I am to think that they are not American made. Home they came with me, and I'll continue my googling etc. I'm not looking to make a lot of money, but I decided that if they were worth much, the majority would go to the church having the jumble sale.

There were other things of mine she declined to take, so one or two of them will go to another consignment store or a charity shop more upscale than Goodwill or even my local Lutheran Mission.
I asked what DID sell well, and was not surprised to hear that mid-Century-Mod stuff does well. Sadly, all that went when my parents died and I wanted no part with it. I don't regret that since I would have had to lug it all around for 40plus years. I already have enough stuff of my own!

But back to those glasses..does this ring a bell with anyone?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Flashback Friday

Vintage from the Library of Congress collection at flickr. I wonder if she disliked talking on the phone as much as I do.  Probably not but then you never know.

I'll text you but please, don't make me spend time just chatting. If you want to do that, I'll do it face to face but not on the phone.  It isn't just my old jobs that made me like this. I never liked phone chatter except when I was about 16 and had a curfew. It was the phone or nada. Now I can go out when I like and I often leave my phone in the car - a place it's needed more.  Hanging up now...ciao caio.

Monday, September 13, 2010

AAM Monday

Back home, and darn that feels good. Our funeral trip to AZ was a good one but we both were pretty worn out by the time we reached our own front door.

That door is now being replaced and what wonderful cool weather they have for the job!

So what about me? Well, I got back to the gym and into a Balance class. It is one of those that comes free with my membership and I knew it would be great to get a grip on balance before I felt 'unbalanced.' Our teacher is really good and makes it all fun. I loved the stretching, especially after a day sitting on an airplane. I think I will also start doing my back exercises and stretches again ..easy and oh so good feeling. As much as I liked the physical therapy after the snowshoveling stiffness, I'd prefer not to 'have' to go there again.

What didn't feel so good today was the time at the dermatologist. I know it's good for me, and I know the 'pain' doesn't last long, but that ice burn of spraying the nasty little spots off isn't fun.  I also scheduled a mini surgery for spots I have never seen, considering that I almost sit on them! So much for the time I spent roof sunbathing in the Middle East sans bathing suit. Everything has its price I suppose and this is enough about me for the day.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Always a Rainbow

Today we are at Bekah's service. The end of a long journey for a little girl of 6. But in the midst of life crashing down upon us, there is always a rainbow of hope for the future.

Video shot at Niagara Falls a few days before Bekah died.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Flashback Friday

This is for my friend Carol in Maine. The flashback was to some of my earlier trips, trips like the one where we thought her father was going to die as he raced ahead of us climbing some mountain we 'had' to climb for the view. I know I collected birch bark on the ground one time with great ideas of doing something with it. What I did was eventually throw it out after it became mildewed in our humid climate.

But for those of you who have access to to shed birch bark, here is an idea. This is a double decker birdhouse I saw in Collingwood Canada. Personally, I think one level is sufficient but then I don't know much about Canadian birds, do I.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Back to yoga today, and while I love the class, dear lord the ground gets harder every year! I do have a well padded mat but my knees say NO! NO! don't make us do this! Sorry knees, you are just going to have to do your best. I won't push you past your limits.

original here

Actually, the room was cold to start and I know I would have felt a lot better had I done the 30 min workout I had planned to do prior to the class. Oh, someone is a lazy woman. I wonder who???

Our teacher is good, and while she goes through the basics, she also goes around and gives individual hands on. Yeah!! I so like yoga but my last teacher was a no-nonsense man (fool imho) who kept saying "If you can't do xyz, Try HARDER!"  He was teaching at the Senior Center and his methods sounded like a prescription for injury. I was really tempted to smack him more than once but instead just left the class.

I think this teacher would be an ideal personal trainer, and I will have to look into that later this month. Now, I'm happily enjoying the endorphins. Ommmm.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A good word...Hooray!

Like so many of my thoughts, few of them are original. I hear or read something, and go "Oh yeah! that's sooo true!" This one came from Ali Edwards who I thank.

This has been a bit of a down week with the passing of our little granddaughter Bekah. Children of six aren't supposed to die, are they. I'm 66 and as much as I'm happy to stay around, it would be understandable if I were the one to go. But the suffering Bekah was enduring was heartbreaking to all, so strange as it might seem,
2008 - a year before Bekah became ill

Hooray for the end to Bekah's suffering.

Hooray! for the cool breezes that make it seem as if fall may be coming soon!

Hooray! for our ability to switch gears and come home from a Canada trip.

Hooray! for money to fly across country on short notice, and flights that are available.

Hooray! for friends who step in and cat sit for our aging 'boy'.

Hooray! for on-line and off-line friend who shed tears with us and comfort us.

Hooray! for life, for the ability to feel, and to love.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Plus ca change, plus la meme chose.

Five U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan

By David Nakamura
Tuesday, August 31, 2010; 10:18 AM

KABUL - Twenty-two American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan over the past five days, a sudden end-of-August spike that follows record-high death tolls for U.S. troops in June and July.

Goodbye Iraq war ....but only the location has really changed.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Older, but "still crazy after all these years.." and darn glad of it!

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