Thursday, March 5, 2015

Five on Friday

Five Things That Made Me Smile Today
For my Five on Friday I chose 5 things that have made me smile this week,

The first is my Easter Table.  I made a new little springy center piece for it, Mac found all my Easter critters and except for the bunny who needs his leg glued back on we're good to go.




The second is the table behind the couch with a few St. Patrick's Day decorations.  St. Paddy and Easter are awful close this year.



The third is my book of Nursery Rhyme songs.  I bought it a few years ago in England when I was first starting to play the piano.  I love the illustrations and though there is no copyright date in the book I'm guessing it's from the 1920's.




The fourth is the top shelf of my bookcase complete with fairies, vintage keys and locks an an oak critter box.




And fifth is the painting that hangs above the bookcase.  It's one of Mac's, but not an original, I don't know who painted that.  I saw a copy of it though and asked Mac to paint me a copy, too sweet.




Monday, March 2, 2015

Daylight Savings Time

I can not believe we're going back on daylight savings time this weekend.  We just went off of it barely 3 months ago.  Why bother, just move us all up an hour and leave us there.  It grumbles me and I don't have to really adjust to it like I did when we were working.
It was up in the 70'a here today.  Would have loved to have gotten out in the yard to do a bit of work, but the yard is soggy from all the rain we've had.  This is going to be a yo-yo week, all the way up to 80 by Wednesday and then only to 50 on Thursday.
Trying to find my Easter decorations, but I've got them well hidden I guess, found my Easter tree and nothing else so far.  Is there anything tastier than a Reese's Peanut Butter Easter Egg?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

What a Difference Two Weeks Make

Two weeks ago I was dragging around feeling like death warmed over.  Last night we went out dancing.  Not a lot of dancing mind you, but some.  A band we're friends with was playing here in town  so we went in to see them.  Really fun little bar/restaurant with a clientele that's close to our age and we always enjoy going there. The owner always comes to sit with us, tell us how much they love us coming in to dance.
Had a great little Greek pita pizza and listened to some good music.  Even when they play stuff we're not crazy about they always play it well.
The band leader is Jeff an escaped Yankee from Connecticut whom we met when we first moved down here.  When he's not playing great music he's the director/manager of an Assisted Living Facility.  I teasingly asked him last night that when it came time for us to move in if I could bring a keyboard with me.  He got the biggest smile on his face and told us about a lady named Ethel who lived there and had brought her keyboard with her.  He asked her to play, she demurred and then played up a storm.  So he said yes, I could bring my keyboard.
A nice night with friends, they best way to pass a chilly February night.

Friday, February 27, 2015

I've Never Seen Frozen

From The Garden
Jenny at My Life In Flip Flops wrote a great blog piece today about things she'd never done.  She said she'd been listening to a program on the radio about celebrities who had never done certain things and it got her to thinking about the things in life she'd never done.  I told her I was going to borrow her idea and give it a go.
I've never seen Disney's Frozen and it's unlikely I ever will, I'm tired of animated features with gutsy female leads, boring.
I've snow  skied, and that won't happen again, but I've never snow boarded, looks too much like an accident waiting to happen.
I've water skied, but never surfed, too much balance involved.
I can crochet, but I've never knitted and it's not likely to happen, using one needle is about as much dexterity as I'm ever going to show.
I've never eaten snails and with God as my witness I would starve before that would ever happen.
I've never been to any of the Scandinavian countries and it's doubtful that I ever will.  It'd be like going to Minnesota or Wisconsin with a foreign language thrown in.
Jenny said that she couldn't reverse her car and always looks for a pull through parking spot.  I can reverse, but for the safety of women and children I don't.
What haven't you done?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Out to Lunch

Out today for the first time in almost 3 weeks and it didn't involve a doctor visit.  It should have, but it didn't.  I picked up my B-12 shot and was hoping to have it administered at CVS's Minute Clinic, but the area around the clinic was full of coughing people and it would have been around a 2 hour wait, so we left.  I'll call my doctor tomorrow and see if I can get the shot on Friday.
It's cold and rainy here, but considering it's snowing in Atlanta ( I'm think of you Georgia Girl With An English Heart) I won't complain.
We had numerous errands to run including getting a new battery for my car, it's dead again.  That makes 4 times it's failed me so I bought a new one.  Boy batteries have gotten expensive.  I told Mac that if this had happened to us years ago we wouldn't have been able to afford a new battery.  He said yeah, we'd have been moving the one in his car back and forth between the cars.
Then it was off to lunch, nothing fancy, just some Italian.  We'd had some bad pizza last week and we wanted to drive the taste from our memories.  So Olive Garden it was, endless salad, soup, breadsticks and a small entrée, spaghetti for me, chicken meatballs for Mac.  It was quiet, the service was decent, the food was fine.  Made for a nice afternoon out.
Then grocery shopping and nap time.  A good finish to a wet day.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Still Winter

Rain off and on all day with more promised for tomorrow.  I guess we need it, but as a recovering sicky the last thing I need is to be out running around in the rain.  Missed my walk today, but it never got warmer than 44º and that's just a tad chilly for me.
So I stayed indoors.  Played piano.  Cannot tell you how happy it makes me to be able to sit down at the piano, open a piece of music and play it.  When I started teaching myself to play around 6 years ago I didn't know how it would turn out.  Would I ever get past little nursery rhymes and songs?  Well I have.  According to the music I play I am an advanced intermediate to early advanced.  I'm proud of me.  Do I play everything correctly, no, do I sit up straight and strong, no, is my interpretation of the music always correct, no.  But oh it sounds so good and it flows, I don't have to look at my hands, they know where they're going long before the rest of me knows.  In fact the best way to slow me down is to have me look at my hands.
Could I have had a teacher, yes, taken lessons, yes, learned to make it all correct, yes.  But that's not me, the journey is the best part.  I play music I use to struggle with and I play it well.
My favorite music, and it surprises me as much as it does Mac, is 17th and 18th century music.  Who knew, we thought I'd learn to play rock and play duets with him.
Can I play anything by heart, no.  I envy Mac that.  He picks up his guitar and with no music off he goes.  I have to have the music.  That's ok though, my head is stuffed with enough other stuff without putting a bunch of music in there.  Actually the music is there, I hear it and know what's to come, it's just the individual notes that aren't there.  They're in my music books safe and sound.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Thoughts on a Monday Morning

I'm better except for the lingering effects of the antibiotics and steroids.  You've done your job, now go.  My food tastes like pooh, my tongue feels like someone has shaved it and I'm still dragging my tired self around.  It's time to kick it up a notch.
I'm through with Downton Abbey, I wish they'd not only lock up Anna (yeah) but Bates too, I mute them every time they come on the screen.  I hate you Daisy, you're a pretenous little twit, so full of yourself I about gag.  Lord knows or at least you do, you could have been anything if not held back.  You are so lucky that others care for you because in my opinion you're too "stupid", naive, to take care of yourself.  Wouldn't care if "the man" was keeping you down, someone should.
The Dowager would never put up with a maid like they've given her not even if it amused her to have the butler and the maid feuding.
Isis I'll miss you and if Tom goes I'll miss him too, as for everyone else, good by and don't let the door hit you on your way out.
Finished a wonderful book this weekend, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  He writes for adults and children, this was one of his adult books and it was incredible.  What does it mean to be a grown-up?  Fantasy, but such good fantasy, you'll find yourself thinking about it long after you've finished the book.
Also finished The Brandons by Angela Thirkell, she writes such nice books I always finish one and find myself smiling.
Didn't watch the Oscars, don't care.  We've only seen one of the nominated movies, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I don't know who Hollywood makes their movies for, the 2 coasts I guess because we folk in the middle can't identify with their films at all.
Nice walk today, going to try and exercise later, very slowly.  Have a good Monday.