Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stray Bits

I have had a busy time since getting back to Vermont.  I had dinner with my son on Wednesday night, dinner out with my friend Ginnie on Thursday, a long walk in the country with my friend Donna on Friday and I went to see my daughter and grandkids this past weekend.  I have fit in a couple yoga classes and other exercise.  I have been practicing my watercolor painting.  And Zen doodling.

In the evenings, I have been sitting wrapped in my favorite quilt next to the gas fireplace, sometimes watching television, sometimes reading.  I started a book I am enjoying very much -- A Man Called Ove.

I really have not liked the cold weather.  My bones actually ache.

It has warmed up today and tomorrow everyone will be complaining about the heat.  I have some container gardens to get started, but the warm weather is not supposed to last through next weekend.  I am planning to visit the garden center tomorrow though.

I have been staying away from Facebook and I do think my mental health has benefited from it.  Still, I don't want to have my head buried in the sand either.  I read the Washington Post and watch nightly news on PBS and sometimes ABC. It's like watching a train wreck -- painful but I can't pull my eyes away.  I haven't suffered from GERD since my retirement, but lately it is back in full force.

I guess I better go doodle some more.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Springtime in Vermont

My flight back to Vermont was pretty stress free.  I am happy to report that no one was dragged off the plane kicking and screaming.  No public arrests were made.

I have figured out that the airlines follow this rule: The less the time between landing and take-off for any transfer, the greater the distance between the two gates.  Theoretically, there was plenty of time, but unfortunately the plane from Sarasota had to sit on the tarmac for a very long time waiting for a clear path to the gate at the stop in Charlotte.  I made it as the next plane was boarding after a mad dash across the airport.

It was cold and rainy when I got to Vermont.  Supposed to be this way all week.  Of course my heat was at very low setting so it took a day and a half to warm everything up.  I was bundled up for my trip to the grocery store but everyone else was in shorts and maybe a long sleeved shirt.  50 degrees...people should not have to live like this! (But do I get any sympathy at all??)

It really looks like springtime though.  The grass is green.  Robins are hopping around in the yard.
Some flowers are in bloom. Trees and crabapple blossoms are budded out.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Night Life

I went out with friends on Saturday night to hear a band play at a bar in Sarasota. It has been a long long time since I did something like that.  The band was great, and, as I remembered from my younger days, even better during the second set. (Still unclear as to whether that is due to the band's or the audience's advancing lubrication.)

What was different for me was the number of cell phones in evidence.  I told you it had been a long time since I have been to a bar to see a band.) People were snapping pictures of the band with their phones and that was kind of cool.  The woman sitting at the table next to me was snapping selfies, lots of them.  I could see her posing this way and that and snapping away.  Good grief, we have become self-absorbed. (I am in danger of sounding like my father!)

I looked around to find that there were plenty of people swiping and texting away on there phone, eyes on the screens -- not the band, not the people they were with.  It took a lot of the fun out of people watching. (Like watching sheep eating grass.)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Vacation Time

Recently it got to the point where the most frequent communication to me on FaceBook was, "Just got another friend request from you.  Change your password, you've been hacked."  I know it happens, but three times in six weeks.  I simply have run out of ideas for passwords.

I closed my Facebook account.

And you know what?  It's nice to go out for a morning walk or a bike ride instead of being glued to the computer screen.

I am also running out of steam for blog posts.  So, time for a vacation.  I will check in on my reading list from time to time and maybe post on my Act 3 blog.

Perhaps I will start getting out more and find something worth blogging about here eventually.

Monday, March 13, 2017


I am always striving for balance in my life, but today I am talking about physical balance. I often read that many people start to have problems with balance, seemingly as a consequence of aging.  Falls and resulting injuries (like a broken hip) can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life and even sometimes are implicated in deaths due to injury.

I am in the demographic -- according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a third of those 65 years or over false act year.

Actually, I am well ahead of the curve.  I have been falling since I was two when I tumbled down the full flight of steep cellar steps and broke my nose.  When I was a little older my mother actually had me practice leading with my bum as I fell so I would not break an arm.  My mother had a dread fear of one of her children breaking an arm and she figured I was the most likely candidate.

I guess the early training worked as I have yet (knock wood) to break my arm.  I have bruised my bum though!

And I have taken some pretty spectacular falls, but I am not attributing any of them to age.  It's all about natural born clumsiness.  Still, I think it is a good idea that I take yoga and a balance Pilates class.

I have added mindful meditation to my routine as well.  I have not broken anything other than my nose, but I don't want to press my luck so I will do what I can.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sharing an important find

Confession: I struggle with a weakness for potato chips.

Well imagine my delight when I found these at the local Publix grocery store.
I was just so excited I had to share!

Nutrient-dense!  Gluten free!  Certified non-GMO! Small batch cooking!  Obviously made with love. They do taste good!

Alternative health food is a thing now, right?

Thursday, March 2, 2017


I signed up for some painting classes through Sarasota County's Adult Continuing Education Program.  Eight lessons for $130 -- can't really find a better deal than that.

The added bonus is that I did learn quite a bit.  I am not planning on quitting my day job and sailing down to the Florida Keys to become  a full time artist by any means.  However, I am finding that I enjoy learning something new and I enjoy painting enough to want to keep working at it.  Eventually I will turn out something I think worthy of hanging on my wall.

Yesterday, the subject was painting boats with a reflection in the water.

One more lesson to go in this series.  Unfortunately the instructor announced that he would not be continuing to through ACE.  I don't know yet whether there will be other classes but I plan on checking that out.