Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Letter January 30th Edition

I'd love to have you join me for Friday Letters. You may copy and use my postcard if you like. And sign the link-up too. Or just write your letters and tell me in the comments so I can come and read yours.

Dear Darian:

I think you made the right decision. You didn't take the easy way out and switch to General English. You are staying with Honors English and Promise to buckle down. Both Mr. Knapp and me have faith in you.

Dear Basketball Coach:

All it really takes is a simple email to the parents to let us know you are changing practice times. You don't have any trouble sending us all an email when you want help with food for the team. Respect us enough to let us know when our kids will be getting out of practice. That's all!

Dear Mother Nature:

What can I say? You have been so nice to us here in Kansas this week. A little town not far away was all the way up to 80*. But I understand it is winter. 40* will be okay for now.

Dear Darian:

Oh my goodness. You are turning 17! I cannot believe it. And I cannot believe that you are talking to an Army recruiter! Even though you are almost 6 feet tall, you will always be my favorite grandson (alright you are the only biological grandson) and my little blonde haired boy. You will always be the one whose chubby little arms could take away my heartache when you wrapped them around my neck and whispered in my ear, "I love you granny." You can still do that! I love you Darian. I love the man you are becoming.

Dear School District:

Yes the bond issue passed. Not because I voted for it. Nor will my (live-in) grandkids benefit from the $10 million dollar Sports additions. Now, can we quit? My taxes can't take much more. We just built a new school and remodeled 3 others. Try to be happy with what you have for now.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Monday was my mom's birthday. Remember last Thursday  I shared a picture of her with my siblings and me on her 80th birthday? On the same day we took pictures of each of us siblings with our families. Here is the one taken of Richard and me and 5 of our grandchildren. This is when we had custody of Darian and Harley the first time they lived with us. I am holding Paige. And the big girls are Darian and Harley's half sisters. I love this picture. We all looked almost happy!!

Sex in the Prime Time

I am fully aware this is 2015. My childhood was a long, long time ago. I grew up in a house without a TV, for the most part. Most of our TV watching took place at my grandparents house. Grandparents who were in control of what we watched. But, then with only 3 channels, there wasn't much to watch anyway. Children's programming was pretty much unheard of. We did have Captain Kangaroo in the early mornings before school. And the Mickey Mouse Club in the afternoons. Never was sex on TV. Heck, Lucy and Ricky, on the I Love Lucy Show, slept in twin beds. So did Dick Van Dyke and his wife. And I don't think I ever saw June and Ward Cleaver under the covers. 

Over the past couple of months, on prime time TV, we have seen two or three gay sex scenes. Both women and men. I changed the channel when one guy bent another guy over a dresser, while nuzzling his neck from behind. TOO MUCH INFORMATION. My grandchildren were both sitting right in the room. No warnings of any kind that this was coming. Both of them went "ewwww" and Harley covered her eyes and her ears. 

Now don't get me wrong. I am not just opposed to gay sex scenes. Is nothing left to the imagination. Many of the shows on prime time TV take the heterosexual scenes right up to the line. If they showed one more second of a 'sex scene' it would be considered pornography. Whatever happened to leaving a bit to the imagination. 

Many of the comedy shows aren't even funny anymore. I'm thinking 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men. For crying out loud, if we removed all the sex and the sexual innuendos would there even be 2 minutes of show left. I don't think so.

I question what is on TV that is suitable to watch with kids in the room. I like TV! I love more adult like shows. But that doesn't mean I want to see SEX all over my screen.  

And while I'm at it we might as well talk about commercials. Erectile dysfunction (explain that to an 8 year old), period pads, incontinence pads, Trojan anything products...get my drift. Makes me uncomfortable. Makes my grand kids uncomfortable. I am thinking it makes most of America uncomfortable. I wonder if it is really necessary. 

I am not a prude! What do you think? Is it too much or do I just need to quit watching TV?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ten on Tuesday

It is fun to join Carol and the gang writing posts about "Ten" on Tuesday. This week the prompt is  TEN TYPES OF FOOTWEAR YOU OWN.  I was just going to take a pass (because I'm not a shoe person) but here goes with my paltry offering.

My Types of Footwear

1. First and foremost comes my Crocs. I have been wearing Crocs for a number of years. I have 4 pair of Crocs. My favorite pair is the Retro Clog pictured here. There is always a pair of my old Crocs sitting by the front door for anyone to slip on and run outside. We call them the 'family crocs'. I wear Crocs year-round. With socks in the winter; without in the summer.

2. If it gets really, really cold and there is snow on the ground then I will toss the Crocs and put on my boots. They aren't a real Ugg boot but they are just as UGGLY. LOL! And, once again, others in the family have been known to wear them if needed.

3. And the last pair of shoes I own are a pair of boat shoes I can put on with slacks if I am going somewhere my Crocs are really just inappropriate. (Although I can't think anywhere that would be). These aren't exactly like mine but they are close enough. 

That's it! A shoe-hound I am not. Years ago I told myself (after ankle reconstruction and bunion surgery) that I would NEVER again wear a pair of high heels. And I haven't. How women can walk around in those things is a mystery to me. I am tall (5'10") so I don't need the height. And they are just too stinking uncomfortable, in my opinion. I quit wearing sneakers too. I have a hammertoe and I like lots of room in the toe area. Hence, Crocs. Harley tells me I can't possibly be a "real" woman because I don't own enough shoes and I hate to go shoe shopping. I'll leave that up to her. She owns plenty!! 

Take yourself over to Carol Knits to join the link-up. And visit some of the others to see what kind of shoes our friends are wearing.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Simple Woman's Daybook-January 26th Edition


January 26, 2015 Today would have been my mother's 92 birthday! Rip Mom! I miss you

Outside my window...

I always write my day-book at night. Sometime around midnight. The sky is clear and the stars are shining. It is 34* right now. And they are saying that it will be 70* today. Also for the next couple of days. I will open the windows and air the house out. Back down to winter temperatures by next weekend. 

I am thinking...

I am thinking that Darian should probably try to see if he can get in a different English class. He is struggling so with this Honor's English. Wouldn't it be better to just put him in the regular class and let him excel? It will be something for me to ponder.

I am thankful...

I am very thankful for all that I have. I do not need anything more right now. We have enough!

In the kitchen...

Monday...Hamburgers and french fries
Wednesday...Church night
Saturday...Happy 17th Birthday Darian
Spaghetti with meat balls, garlic bread and Birthday cake. He chose this meal.
Sunday...Chicken and Broccoli Rice casserole

I am wearing...

What do I wear? I wear yoga pants and tee shirts. Nothing different today. Pant are grey and shirt is teal with strips in white.

I am creating...

I am creating my Valentine Mantle. I put all the stuff out this weekend and thought the girls would like to decorate it. They didn't. So I will!

I am going...

I am going grocery shopping tomorrow (Monday). I am not a fan of grocery shopping but it has to be done.

I am wondering...

I am wondering if anyone would like to come do my shopping! Any takers!

I am reading...

I just finished Still Alice by Lisa Genova (my review is the post below this). I am getting ready to start reading Agnes Hahn By Richard Satterlie. It was a Friday Freebie on Barnes and Noble. We'll see what I think.

I am hoping...

I am hoping the whole 'deflategate' goes away this week. I am rather tired of hearing it on the news. I am not a big football fan and it sounds like poor losers to me.

I am looking forward to...

I am looking forward to this week's warmer weather. I think I will get outside more. Try to do some walking. Might even fix my lunch and eat it out in the sun! Come on over. 

I am learning...

I am learning that we all go through grief differently. I am wondering if Darian is showing his grieving through his grades. Something for me to think about.

Around the house...

Around the house this week I am going to finish the kitchen. I only have a few cabinets and drawers to do. I have 3 big boxes to take to Goodwill. Then I will start on the laundry room closet. I am going to put shelves in that closet and make it a pantry.

I am pondering...

I am pondering how to better help the kids with their homework. Man, I am not any good at Algebra so that will require the call to the tutor. But I am pretty good with English. I should be able to assist them in that way.

A favorite quote for today...

 I'm learning to paddle my own canoe!

One of my favorite things...

I have always loved decorating for all the holidays.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

We have no games or wrestling meets this week (until Saturday) so just practices and quiet nights at home. 

A peek into my day...

Since it is Mom's birthday, instead of sharing a picture of what we are doing, I wanted to share one of the last pictures that was taken of her. She is here with Paige and Pinky Pie. A stuffed pig. Paige and I both loved Pinkie Pie. And we both loved Grandma Ping. Love you Mom!

I will link up with The Simple Woman's Blog! Won't you join us?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Still Alice

From Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
This may be one of the most frightening novels you'll ever read. It's certainly one of the most unforgettable. Genova's debut revolves around Alice Howland - Harvard professor, gifted researcher and lecturer, wife, and mother of three grown children. One day, Alice sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home. It's a route she has taken for years, but nothing looks familiar. She is utterly lost. Is her forgetfulness the result of menopausal symptoms? A ministroke? A neurological cancer? After a few doctors' appointments and medical tests, Alice has her diagnosis, and it's a shocker -- she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. 

What follows is the story of Alice's slow but inevitable loss of memory and connection with reality, told from her perspective. She gradually loses the ability to follow a conversational thread, the story line of a book, or to recall information she heard just moments before. To Genova's great credit, readers learn of the progression of Alice's disease through the reactions of others, as Alice does, so they feel what she feels -- a slowly building terror.

In Still Alice, Genova, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard, uniquely reveals the experience of living with Alzheimer's. Hers is an unusual book -- both a moving novel and an important read.

WOW! I just finished reading this book and all I will remember Alice for a long time. I have taken care of many older people with Alzheimer's in my nursing career. I have never known them before they acquired the disease. I can not begin to imagine what they were going through as they knew what was happening to them. I think for all people who know someone with Alzheimer's disease, this should be required reading. The author did such a good job with her descriptions. I wish they would have taken the story even further. But maybe there will be a second book in the future. It is such an ugly disease. And this book describes it so well. The book was a really quick read. And I will think of Alice often. You should read it!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Friday Letters-

Feel free to copy my postcard to use on your post. And please join the link-up below so that we can share our weeks with each other.

Dear Ruth (at Living Well/Spending Less):

Thank you so much for doing all the work for me on the 10 freezer meals. So far we have eaten the Chicken Broccoli which was delicious. Not a spoonful left. And the Sweet Spicy Chines chicken was pretty good. Harley wants me to make it again.

Dear Darian:

Yes, you need to know how to do Algebra. It might not present itself to you in the same way that you are learning it at school right now, but there will be times you will want to know how to figure something out. So quit coming up with excuses and get your math done!

Dear Harley:

Your hair looks beautiful. On your head! Pick up the hair when you clean your brush and throw it in the wastebasket. Please!

Dear Mother Nature:

I have been loving the temperatures. Wish it would last until spring. Anything above 30* is nice. Sad to hear that you are about to send us another deep freeze! Pooh!