Thursday, July 20, 2017

PHEW and Joy

We're havin" a heat wave here, and the name of my game, is stay calm and cool.  I will deliver Teddy to the camp bus at 8:40, and return quickly to my air conditioned aerie.  The downstairs has no AC and it is insufferable during the day. I'm not happy with the impact heat has on my aging body, and even with exercise, etc, I begin to fall apart if exposed to long.  Being able to just stay quiet and read, rest, and do a little puttering, is a gift, and I am grateful.

The cats are a bit active early in the day, then they find a corner and flatten themselves out on the floor. They are models for coping!

Our kitchen stove died last weekend and a new one will be delivered tomorrow morning. Looking forward to a stainless steel and black beauty, and preparing some meals again. This week has been whatever can be micowaved or grilled, and it is a bit too much to stand over a hot grille. DIL's car died last week, too, so a new/used Subaru Forrester is arriving on Saturday.  The old Forrester had well over 200,00 miles and was beginning to complain loudly.  Teddy is very excited for the new car to arrive!

That is about it from the doldrums this morning......sending peace, smiles and love this morning, as Bosley has just arrived to check the wastebasket in my sitting room for muffins, etc.  

JOY:  Sharing a recent family gathering during Anne's visit and just before a delicious dinner at Americana Cafe in Wareham, MA
From the left:  LM (my love), son, Jason, grandson, Teddy, daughter-in-law, Alison, daughter, Anne, and MOI.  A memorable and special evening.




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Privet Time

Everywhere we go these warm and humid July days, the air is filled with the scent of Privet.
Yesterday, I spent a nice day with neighbor, Peg, and it is her favorite scent, too.  After cruising a few of our favorite thrift and consignment shops, we took a drive over to Marion, on what is called the Massachusetts South Coast.  It is a classically beautiful New England coastal town, and there seemed to be Privet hedges at every house we passed.  After a nice tour through the area....known well by Peg, as her daughter is renting a home there on the water for the summer, we came back to Wareham and had a little waterfront lunch to catch up on our lives, laughing and commiserating - there is nothing like a good friend.

Teddy is off to camp for the day, and I am about to go to the gym, followed by a grocery trip.  I've promised myself I will come home and read this afternoon.  Have a good book going with some interesting New England history, "The House at Lobster Cove," by Jane Goodrich.

I will leave you with a beautiful Cape Cod sunset captured by my love, LM, on 4th of July, evening in Yarmouthport on Mill Creek.


Peace, smiles and love!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

HELLO!!

I keep trying to come back to regular blogging - things to post run through my head everyday, yet it just doesn't get done.  I love the community I developed here, and feel so bonded to you all, STILL. 

Here is a little attempt to catch you up with life in my little worlds. Yes, I am still living with my son and family, and loving every minute of being Nana to now 8 years old, Teddy.  In the past year I have become much more involved with volunteering at Teddy's school, a very rewarding way of bonding with Teddy. He loves knowing I am there, even if we don't always see each other. The Bournedale School is K-4 and small enough that everyone is so friendly and inclusive. Teddy, being so gregarious, is known and loved by everyone.

Until Thanksgiving I had been working with a personal trainer at a small gym in our neighborhood. Thinking I was a lot more able than Super Woman, I spent 5 hours raking, filling barrels and toting them all to the brush pile at LM's house (I still spend most weekends with my love,  LM, and this blog's aging namesake, Ms G).  It all felt great to be outside in cold crisp air but when I returned home that night, I began to feel the pain in my left hip and leg and was hobbled in screaming pain for almost 3 weeks.  All I could do was take ibuprofen sparingly, rest and do a few yoga stretches to loosen the piriformis muscle which was affecting my sciatic nerve.  Just before Christmas, I got hit with the flu, and it turned in to near pneumonia and pleurisy.  I am still coughing, but the blessing in disguise was the course of prednisone I took to enable me to breathe.....it finally kicked out the pain in my hip, too!!!  So next week, I hope to get back to the gym.  I need the energy that exercise creates to keep up with myself. 

In other, very exciting news, this house has been blessed with 2 kittens!!  After losing their dear cat, Sting, last year, my son and wife said no to  more cats, but in mid-November, son, Jason came to me and asked me to cruise Pet Finder and find some local kittens as a surprise for Teddy.  We found the most wonderful brother sister duo, Betty and Bosley.  They are the most fun, and are also a 2 man wrecking crew.  We were taken by them at first meeting.  They were in a shelter and had been fostered from tiny babies in a home with children, dogs and other cats. They are afraid of nothing, purr instantly when you even look at them, and are equal opportunity loves with all of us.  Bosley has become very attached to me, as I am home so much of the time, and if I do not pick him up to cuddle, he is climbing up my legs to reach my shoulders and drape himself around my neck.  Right now they are 4 months. Stay tuned for a lot of photos!! 
Betty (black) and Bosley (black and white) were very adept nurses during my recent illness.

Bosley loves to cuddle with Nana

Bosley and Betty curled up on the afghan today. Betty seems to disappear.

March will find me in FL for most of the month, and I am so excited.  I'll be attending my grandson, Jared's wedding to his finacee, Jennifer.  It will be held at Silver Springs in Ocala.  Such a beautiful true-Florida place.  The week after the wedding I'll be headed a bit north to just outside St. Augustine to spend some blissful time with my dear dear friend, Sue. 

I cannot write without sharing how deeply emotional I have been about the turn in our country's administration. It is heartbreaking to go from the civility and grace of the Obamas, to the crude, crass and abuse behavior of  "he who shall remain nameless" in my world.  It makes me realize how very fortunate I am to live in a progressive state. Many friends and family are feeling the same way....and we are committed to working to make our demeanor even kinder and caring with all we meet, and to build a stronger community in every way.

May peace, love and gentleness be strong in your communities, as well!!