Saturday, October 5, 2019

What's a Week End?

I attended the stage play Pride and Prejudice last night with two friends. As you no doubt know it is a good story and there were some modern twists in the play that did not distract in the least.


We had a frost last night but the day was sunny and gorgeous -- not warm but beautiful nonetheless. Unfortunately, I spent part of the day attending a funeral of a teacher and former colleague. The fact that he was only 57 years old made it very sad. He was obviously well loved and obviously lived his life with gusto. It was a beautiful service, quite a tribute to the man. Still, sad.

My good friend who fell and shattered her hip seems much improved. She is doing occupational and physical therapy and appears much stronger. I watched her walk using the bars and she is able to transfer herself into bed. I do keep reminding myself not to break a hip though. It is just a horrible, painful process of recovery.

One of my former students works at the rehab facility so I ran into her while on a visit to my friend. She's had the job for nine years now and has been able to buy a house. It is such a treat to run into a former student, especially one who seems to  doing well. 

You can' help but wonder what happens to people who pass through your life and spend a bit of time there before moving on.


I had lunch with my sister. She works for a guy whose father is doing my trust. The lawyer (father of her employer) could not get over how much alike my sister and I are -- same expressions, same mannerisms, same laugh, and am I as smart as she is (HA!)?  My sister and I don't see it at all although this has been mentioned by others before. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

It's Around the Corner

Fall sort of snuck up on me this year but there is no doubt it is here now. The chill is in the air and the leaves are turning. It's a pretty time of year. I am sure I will enjoy it as I travel south.

I noticed signs for ski and snowboard sales, a sure sign of another season to come.

Halloween decorations are out on lawns. Candy selections and pumpkins are already kind of picked over in the stores. I did see Santas lined up on a shelf next to skeletons at CVS yesterday.

No way the holiday season sneaks up on anyone anymore.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Fun Food

I sometimes buy a store brand loaf of wheat bread -- not necessarily because I am cheap but because it is less sweet than the name brands I know. If I have an egg salad or a tuna salad sandwich I like soft, bland bread.

This morning I decided to make some toast with some of that bread. This was the last heel of the loaf.

Clearly, it has a mouth.

Of course I had to amuse myself by turning it into a bread puppet.

Help! Help! She's putting me in the toaster!
Nooo! I'll burn!

Some people are not nearly as amused by me as I am by myself. I've noticed that a lot.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Don thinks this is the funniest thing ever and he swears I have way too much time on my hands. He suggests I get a job.

I made a few of these bags to take to the grocery store or farmers' market so I don't have to use plastic bags.

A little bit of netting and no more than five minutes sewing time.

Hey, maybe I could get a table at one of the Farmers' Markets and sell produce bags?

Nah, that sounds like too much work. I'm retired and enjoying it!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Bits and Pieces

Road work has become the bane of summer although it is certainly badly needed around here. Vermont winters are not kind to streets and roads and where I live now is no longer the acres and acres of dairy farms that it once was.  And infrastructure has not kept up with the population and the number of cars using area roads.

The road work at the end of the development drive forces one lane traffic and goes through the night. Eventually the widened road with turning lanes and traffic lights should relieve some stress. In the meantime, noise and slow going
 . . .  we put up with it.

I made a trip to Boston -- lots of road work along the way too. I went for a doctor's appointment. I had a laser procedure that straightened out my badly out of alignment septum last December. Yesterday the doctor zapped remaining swollen tissue that is expected to shrink down over the next few weeks as a result.  Finally, free breathing should be fully restored. I have to take an antibiotic and use saline rinses for a week, but it was a completely painless procedure this time and I am convinced I can already tell the difference in a good way.

I did happen to think to ask the doctor if I would now be able to lay on my back without the feeling of choking on post nasal drip. He said, "No that's something different." So he stuck a camera down my throat through my numbed out nose and immediately diagnosed reflux disease, which made perfect sense once I read the symptoms.  It did not make me happy, but in the grand scheme of things I can't complain. It hasn't progressed to the point of damaging my esophagus.

One of my friends fell in her kitchen and shattered her hip. I have other friends my age who are dealing with far more serious medical problems that do impact quality of life. So I am going to consider myself lucky that I can take a pill and then go about my daily activities.

I had a nice visit with my son over a tasty dinner the other night. The event was marred when his front tooth broke though. He has a triangular chip (hard to make a lasting repair) in that tooth from a punch to his face while he was resisting an attempted robbery/mugging years ago. He has always had a very certain sense of right and wrong which is not a bad thing except he thought he could point out the error of his ways to the burly would-be mugger. Things we learn the hard way.

Saturday, September 14, 2019


Felicity Huffman will pay a fine and do 14 days of jail time for her part in the college admissions cheating scandal.

I understand that there is some kind of backlash -- a joke of a sentence, not tough on crime, another example of money buying privilege, etc. One guy tweeted that he could buy a gallon of milk on the day she enters prison and it would still be fresh when she gets out. People are strange.

Now, my thought is that punishments should fit the crime. How about having her tutor high school students in an inner city school who are trying to be the first in their families to apply for college? How about sentencing her to two weeks of substitute teaching? Oh, wait, that would be cruel and unusual punishment, substitute teaching.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Walking in the Woods

Through Meet Up I have been taking some short group hikes. This past Sunday was a perfect day for such a walk. We started with some outdoor yoga and then headed into the woods.

It looks as though I am leading the pack but I really wasn't.

The trail went through woods along the lake. 50+ Keeping Active group. I don't mention that I am in the 70+ category.