Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
I prefer to do my shopping online. No lines, no frustration. I just hope Dorothy and Kelly don't injure themselves or anyone else today.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Some flavors are great by themselves. Here are my favorites:
- Black Jelly Beans
- Black Pepper
- Iced Tea (a strong brew with sugar. Most of the country does not know the taste of real iced tea)
- Peanut Butter (this is what we'll all eat in Heaven)
- Sweet Onions
- Bull's Eye spicy hot barbecue sauce.
- Dorothy's cinnamon rolls
Then there are certain food that when combined are just delicious for me. I have trouble stopping when I start eating:
- Beans and cornbread, then add fresh diced onion.
- Tacos (lettuce, cheese, tortilla, meat, hot sauce, oh boy!)
- Spaghetti with meat sauce and toasted french bread.
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- Tuna sandwich and french fries
I think I'll stop this post. I ate a small breakfast in anticipation of a big dinner, so my blood sugar must be low because thoughts of food keep popping into my head. I'll go get ready to eat. Have a great Thanksgiving.
- Dorothy (the love of my life)
- My children and grand children (they all bring lots of joy to my life)
- Health (my quality of life depends on this)
- Retirement (I'm still adjusting, I dream about work, but it's great)
- My blog and email friends (I feel like we've always known each other)
- Living in the country where the air I breathe is clean and crisp.
- Not having to commute to work and be exposed to the weather this winter
- Books (some of them are life changers)
- The ability to express myself through poetry and painting.
- Travel opportunities (I get so tired on the road, but upon arriving home I'm ready to go again.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Tara blows out the candles on her birthday cake with a little help from Marley Kate. I think Hunter was able to blow out the last one. Whenever there's a birthday in the family the honoree gets to chose his/her birthday meal which is prepared lovingly by Dorothy. Tara requested tacos. Then we had a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and you guessed it, chocolate ice cream. It's Tara's 18th birthday. She said she wasn't ready for adulthood. I consoled her with the news that it only lasts 47 years and then you can goof off again when you retire. She didn't seem consoled, though.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Dorothy's been doing some housecleaning; going through closets, drawers, etc.. She found this old, crumbling water color painting I did of her cat, Nutmeg, back in 1963. We were just kids at the time; I caught her cat sitting on a pillow and sketched her in pencil, then applied water colors. I was 17 years old. I'm going through all that stuff she unearthed. Maybe I'll find some more things for show and tell.
I also made a frame for the painting my grand daughter, Sami, did for us. I painted it yesterday and today I'll give it another coat and mount the painting this afternoon.
I stained our bathroom door. It was unpainted and after I stained it, I noticed spots where Dorothy's hair spray had marked the door. They were unnoticeable before I stained it, so now I'll have to sand it down and restain it.
Wednesday I reformatted my computer. I was up til midnight on that project, but at least now the old 'puter is running smoother and faster. It's still going to be a few days before I get all the programs reinstalled.
So I haven't spent the whole week lollygagging, although that would have been an equally satisfying pastime.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
--General Wesley Clark on torture
Monday, November 14, 2005
At first I couldn't get into a good sleep routine. Sometimes I was up at 3:30 and sometimes I slept as late at 6:30. Some evenings I would go to bed as early as 9:00 and other nights, midnight. But, I think I've finally found my sleep groove. 10:30 seems just right for a bedtime, and 7:00 is a good time to get up, although it was after seven this morning before I finally rolled out of the sack. Dorothy brought me my coffee while I was still in bed and breakfast was on the table by the time I was dressed.
I think I should step up my exercise routine and walk more. I'm gaining a bit of weight. I put on an old pair of work pants this morning and I couldn't get them fastened, so I just tied the belt loops together with twine and went about my yard projects. I waved to a couple of neighbor ladies that drove by and I'm afraid I may have shown them the color of my boxers, so I went in and changed into some sweatpants.
The weight problem began on vacation. We cast dietary caution to the wind, and ate at all our favorite restaurants and at a few we discovered. We ate huge chimichangas in Holbrook, Arizona, jumbo pastramis at the Hat in Upland, California, and of course there's the obligatory cheeseburgers and fries at the In'n'Out. I tried octopus for the first time at a Chinese restaurant in Yuba City, Ca., and of course the world famous tacos my aunt Atha makes at her house in Live Oak. Dorothy's brother Bill introduced us to some great places to eat in Claremont, Ca. I certainly don't want to leave out the breakfast buffet at the Ramada Express in Laughlin, Nevada, and the cinnamon raisin french toast at the Denny's at Winslow, Arizona deserves a mention. I guess you could say we ate our way across the heartland of America.
So now it's back to working out with weights, and walking. How did I get out of shape so fast? Hard work and discipline were not part of my retirement plans.
After three months of fun, now we're settling down to living on a reduced income. That's going to be hard. We'll have to learn to economize more than we already do so we won't be forced back to work.
Yellowjacket Report: As I reported in a previous post, I was having trouble with a yellowjacket nest near the house. It was in the ground and I was stung after rolling the lawn mower over the hole. I found a method of control on the web and thought I would try it. I put a clear glass bowl upside down over the hole and spread shredded leaves around the edges making a seal (dirt works fine too). The next morning it looked like a popcorn machine with the wasps bouncing off the inside of the bowl. It took ten days but they're all dead. An excellent way to rid yourself of a nest without getting stung.
Friday, November 11, 2005
This is an interesting book that claims the idea that oil as a "fossil fuel" has never been scientifically proven. The authors share theories of other scientists that state oil is not the result of decomposing dinosaurs, and plant life, in fact it is abiotic. Last year researchers created methane from exerting extreme pressure on iron oxide, calcium carbonate, and water. The implications are paradigm shifting. We're not running out of oil? There is a never ending supply? Wow.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
--Wendell L. Willkie, One World, 1943
The What Should I Read Next? website suggests books you might like reading based on real readers' recommendations.
were the results:
- David McCullough
- John Berendt
- Shirley Jackson
- John M. Barry
- William Queen
- Tom Peters
- Steven A. Johnson
- Steven Johnson
- Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
- Thomas Friedman
Sunday, November 06, 2005
This book has sat on my bookshelf for the last two years and this week I finally got around to reading it. I'm sorry I waited so long. It's a great story. It's about two brothers employed by their father's timber company and their struggle to make a living and at the same time struggle against the forces of evil they encounter deep in the cypress swamps of Louisiana.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Well, the subject of the fire dept. came up and they both encouraged me to attend another meeting, and there just happened to be one for last night. So I told them I would be there. I'd been thinking I need to participate. After all that's what this country is about, democracy, neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone pitching in and doing his part.
I showed up for the meeting and they handed out a list of the names and telephone numbers of all the members. My name was at the top of the list. Hmm.
About halfway through the meeting there was a conversation that went something like this:
Mike: " There's a person here tonight that, I think, might want to join. He's recently retired, kinda smart, and trustworthy."
Jim: "Does he have hair?"
Mike: "Not much."
So I filled out my application and pending approval by the chief and his assistant, I'll be a volunteer fire fighter soon. Actually, I think they have the job of secretary/treasurer in mind for me. Dorothy thinks it's great. I haven't had my fill of piddling and day dreaming yet. I'm supposed to be retired.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
--Dan Millman - The way of the Peaceful Warrior
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me
Come on, baby, don't say maybe I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me
We may lose and we may win though we will never be here again so open up, I'm climbin' in, so take it easy