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.


  1. I can see that you've been busy since returning to Vermont! And for the most part, you seem to be enjoying it. I too am reading "A Man called Ove"... a friend lent it to me... but can't say that I'm enjoying it. I find it all a bit depressing. But it's a strange read... and I will finish it.

  2. I have heard a lot about that book and will see if my library carries it.
    Hard to imagine snuggling up to a heater. I've been hitting the A/C a lot lately. Hope you warm up soon and can get your hands dirty.

  3. I read the book out loud to my husband Art. He laughed at all the descriptions of Ove that are like he is!

    I have removed most of the political posts from my Facebook feed. I read the online Washington Post and the local paper. Politics appear to be "more of the same" but I have an underlying optimism that the American system will hold and come through for us.

  4. Sounds like you've been busy since arriving in Vermont. Hope the weather improves soon so you can get warmed through and through, as well as getting your container gardens planted.

    I won't say anything about the American political scene.

    Take care,

  5. Tom and I both read "Ove" and enjoyed it.
    We are very tired of the cold here on the left coast too. We wrap up in fleece blankets almost every evening as we watch TV.
    We follow the current events in DC quite closely - a new bomb shell almost every day. But we are not stressing over it. We are encouraged that so many are watching closely and digging deep into 45's antics. He is not escaping attention on anything now. We obviously have "eyes" in the White House. I heard today that the majority of the Republicans are now through with him. As if they didn't know BEFORE he was elected. Duh.

  6. I loved A Man Called Ove very much!

  7. Weather back to hot here today while the other side of the country is cold. NO in between. The country is in the throws of some very dangerous times, so do not give up being an active citizen. Do for those that come after us.

  8. I too, am weaning myself off Facebook. I go on once a week, just to check some family that live back east. I stay away from all the crap political groups pages and I no longer post or update my status.

    The good thing is, I am staying busy getting my house and garden in order and enjoying it. I may even have time to start doing some crafty items. I guess I should thank Trump for getting me to get back into the things I used to enjoy, before facebook. Ha ha.

  9. So you haven't been doing anything since you returned? I don't waste my time with FB or Twitter. People often get all overly worked up on those sites seems to me. My book club coming up with titles for us to read over next year. Maybe that will be one of them. I have 7 titles to get to, so hope some of them get chosen.

  10. Gerd is a new term for me. After researching it I realized it happens to me. I just put a teaspoon of pure baking soda in water and drink it. It gives very fast relief. Here spring is still slow. Cooler than most years.


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