Monday, August 31, 2009

Left Brain or Right Brain?

I like optical illusions, but this one was especially good in my opinon. I'm both, but see it as anti clockwise mainly.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Soy Vay

I'm so easily amused it is pathetic. We went to Wal-Mart today to pick up some food. Hubby got sidetracked looking at something that was called "Fud". I told him that is what the LOL cats call food...and I didn't have a clue what it was, but not catfood. We giggled our way up and down the aisles. If you think that smiling at people makes them wonder what you are up to, you have no idea how people react when you are giggling as you go. It was probably because we have had so much happen this weekend.

When we got to the oriental food area I remembered I needed some low sodium soy sauce. While looking around I did a double take when I spotted a bottle of teriaki sauce called Soy Vay. It was in a blue and white label and the story goes that when an Asian girl and a Jewish boy met and fell in love they started Soy Vay Enterprises. That small little bottle with its blue and white label just made me feel good and happy to know they were able to blend their lives in such a good way. I didn't buy it, because it was a little more expensive...well, like a lot more expensive, but it was uplifting.

After all the walking and laughing and checking out weird things (can you tell we don't get out and about much?) we wound up with a frozen pizza for dinner. I promise to make a great salad of chopped celery, cucumbers, and fresh tomatoes with a light champagne dressing. Easily amused, I'm tellin' ya.

Things My Mother Taught Me


1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I've just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL .
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me.."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA...
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE..
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOUR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you."

The scary part of all this is that my mother really did say most of these things and then one day I found I was saying them to my kids. Now I know why my girls had no children. I think it was number 25 that did it to them.

One of my friends told me ages ago that sweaters and coats are items of clothing that children put on when their mother gets cold.

Now as a grandmother I get to have fun with my grandson and teach him how to cross his eyes and other things. My daughter in law gets the job of passing on the "If you keep crossing your eyes they will stick that way!" Thereby carrying on the mother tradition, and I'm sure they had some to add to the list in Georgia where she grew up.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Random thoughts

Yesterday our little cat didn't come home. We have looked everywhere and talked to all the neighbors. She is gone, much like when my daughter's cat disappeared and never found. The cat is 19 or 20 years old, but seemed in good health the night before. The sadness is there most all the time right now, but will not be so bad in a while and she still might come home. And PJ, no I cannot take your new little Trouble as much as I'd like to help you out on that.

The movers came early to pack my daughter's stuff to move to Conroe. She called a little while ago and she has caught up with them on the freeway and they left an hour before she did. I wonder if she has one more time to take that course on Saturday that cancels out a ticket. *sigh*

My birthday was so nice with all the kids here. It is good to be able to see and visit with them even if it is only for a little while. Today is my mil's birthday, but she doesn't know it. No progress on that front at all. And now my fil is going downhill rapidly. He can't remember anything either. We are still talking to them about going to assisted living, but she is adamant about not going there or having someone come in to help them. It is a terrible quandry....and if something really bad happens to them, I guess my husband and I would go to prison for elderly abuse. Even though we have contacted everyone, and every agency that we can think of. Their doctor says they need to be in assisted living, but he doesn't tell them or fill out the paperwork for a competency hearing. And I think if we got them in now they could just leave. It is wearing both of us down.

My poor husband is worn to a frazzle with all that has been going on. The cat was mainly his "baby" and he is broken hearted about her. This too shall pass, but I wish God could give us a break for a while.

At 2:21 pm cdt--On another note...has anyone had to sign up with that crazy Gmail? I'm not liking it at all! It is weird and I can't just see what is in is all right up in my face. Anyway, it is not my favorite and I'm worn out with people changing stuff all the time.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

On The Scary Side

Buster tried so hard to be tactful, but ...

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Results of the Firefighter Strike

Falling back on my favorite cats for a few days. It is going to be a busy weekend and while looking at the LOL cats last night I thought these would be funny to you. I hope they are.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

As The World Churns

My kids are coming up this weekend to celebrate my birthday on Monday...YAY!! They are coming on the weekend because they have to work during the week. I'm glad just to be able to see them and have some fun. We are trying to decide where to go for dinner. Emails are being sent back and forth with options.

Also, it will be wonderful for them to be here while there isn't a hurricane coming their way. I hate it for anyone who might get hit up on the east coast, but dang, we have had our more than fair share. We may get some rain over the next two days, and we will all be very happy about that.

On the in law front, my daughter sent their doctor a fax outlining just how bad it has all gotten. He actually didn't know how bad it is, but that is another story. He couldn't talk to our daughter about her grandparents, because of the HIPPA laws, but he could talk with my husband.

We have meals on wheels bringing them hot food everyday and the home health nurses come to help my mil get a bath and dress. "Mom" is pretty far out of it and called all day yesterday looking for her cats. This is not the first time. She finally decided that when my husband was talking to a fellow about cutting the yard for them after the first bunch of mowers ran into the wrought iron railing and then denied they did it. The railing had green paint on it and that was the color of their mowers. One of their younger neighbors talked with my fil and got a friend, who is a welder, to fix it. Anyway, back to the cats, she decided that the guy who was talking to my husband about the yard was the one who took her cats. The last time she got sort of cuckoo at us, it was the same deal with the cats, but they returned in a day. The cats were in the house asleep somewhere. It probably will be that we will have to have them, my in laws, not the cats, declared incompetent and a guardian appointed...probably my husband. I wonder what duties that will entail.

On the upside Blue Bell has the best ice cream that is called Southern Hospitality, and unfortunately I LOVE IT. It ain't doing anything good for my waistline or much of anything else.

Life does go on...some days just better than others. She has only called once today, albeit she got the operator to call us. Lord knows how much that will cost. She usually can remember how to call us with no problem at all.

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After re-reading this post, I think I'm a little wack, too. *shaking head* It must be tv time for me. Time to veg. The maids are coming tomorrow and I think everything is clean enough for them. *L* The company manager called today to tell me we would be getting the Ft. Worth maids from now on. I thought they were home town girls...who knew. They mostly speak Spanish and mine is a little rusty, but hopefully will improve.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Woodstock:Three Days of Music and Peace

Since I didn't get to actually go to Woodstock, I did the next best thing and tivoed a movie put together from film taken at the time of the event. I loved it and my husband and I had to think hard to put faces with songs we knew, but couldn't recall. Thank goodness for the laptop, it's been a very long time.

It was good to see Arlo Guthrie like he used to look, but not so much anymore, but is still as opinionated as ever. Roger Daltrey looked very fine and he knew it, too. He still does, but not as fine at 65 as he did at 25. Who does.

There will be a movie sometime later in the summer this year using a lot of the situations that happened during those 3 days.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Where have all the flowers gone

Did you see the picture of the Woodstock couple on the news yesterday? It was so sweet. They are still together. They married in 1971 and have two grown sons. They were the symbol of Woodstock, the couple wrapped in the muddy quilt in a sea of people. Like the photo of the sailor who had returned from World War II kissing the woman in Times Square, this picture has become a symbol of that time. I found the story again this morning on the AARP webpage, of all places. *L* It has been 40 years since Woodstock! The couple are 60 now. She is a school nurse and he works for Orange County Office of Community Development. The hippies have become AARPs....but they might have been young Boomers.

Of course, I didn't get to attend, but did buy the album. I'm not sure if I still have it or not. It was something else with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, The Who, Santana (again in one week), and so many more. The Summer of Love seems so long ago, and I doubt it could ever happen again.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Random Thoughts about Old Movies, Old Music and Elderly Parents

Hot diggety dog! Tonight while watching tv with my poor husband who had a terrible day stressing over his parents' plight I was able to get all the references right to who had been on which show in the past. For me this is a significant thing. Maybe I don't really have Alzheimer's all the time! It started with an old episode of Boston Legal, one of the best shows ever, and the new female lawyer had played on "Good Morning, Miami" a good while back. Also, for a few weeks I'd been telling hubby the guy on "Royal Pains" had played on "Good Morning, Miami", too. And for the bonus he was in the movie "Defiance"! His name is almost legion..but it really is just Mark Feuerstein. We, hubby, me, and the kids, love doing that with characters in shows and movies, but sometimes the memory neurons aren't firing all at once to remember everything...durnit. Then it is finger snapping and saying "Its its....oh heck I don't know!" He knows a lot of actors and I'm just stunned when he knows and is RIGHT! Our youngest is right almost everytime.

Just now I "got" him with an oldish movie "Something to Talk About", in which Julia Roberts, Kyra Sedgwick, Robert Duvall and Gena Rowlands, and Dennis Quaid played. Dennis Quaid looks so much like my son it is eerie. Kyra Sedgwick, who is married to Kevin Bacon irl, played Julia Roberts younger sister. Dang! I'm hot tonight. Speaking of Julia Roberts her ex husband, Lyle Lovett is on the Tonight Show singing, "Choke My Chicken" from his new cd "Lyle Lovett and his Large Band". I'm pretty sure there are some parents out there turning off the tv, even if the lyrics aren't bad and the music is good. I might have to buy that, but I got a great deal on a set of remastered cds of The Glenn Miller Orchestra . Really, go to that website and listen for just a will take you back. I wasn't born before he died, but I enjoy the music a good bit, so far. There are 5 discs and I'm still on number 1. I bought a Santana cd the same day and haven't listened to all that one either....however, I've been pretty croupy and whiny lately.

It was not a good day for him with his folks, so I stayed home from knitting group to cook him one of his favorite dinners. He needed some kindness, until I got vicious with the tv game, bless his heart. I told him tonight he must get someone to come in to help them during the day. If they will not budge on the assisted living, then that is how it has to be. Otherwise we will taking food over there three times a day. We did go to the grocery store and bought them foods that do not require much thought about preperation and can be eaten as they grapes and some other sweet things I know she loves. We got real food, too, but neither of them remember how to cook or heat things up in the microwave. It makes me so sad to see them like this. Hubby did get to talk with someone at Meals On Wheels to have them bring a hot meal once a day. We can help them, but not everyday all day. We can't leave to go on vacation or much of anything, because "what if something happens to them". Oh well, onward and upward and we will see how it goes. Their doctor, the social workers, and home health aides all say they need to be in assisted living, but nobody can convince them to go and the really drag part is they only have to say they don't want to be there and they can leave. Oh mercy me....I hope I go before I get into this kind of shape, but I don't think I'll have to worry after smoking for about 40 years. But I need to get all I want to do done before I have to go.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Cooking shows

"Julie and Julia" sounds like a wonderful movie. I remember when she, Julia Child, used to be on PBS a long time ago. I didn't really understand at that time that cooking could be a joyous thing. However, she sowed the seeds somewhere in the back of my mind that maybe someday I could cook something great. Many years later it was Nathalie Dupree who finally helped me conquer the fear of cooking. Her attitude was don't cry over lumpy gravy, just strain it for Heaven's sake. Another thing she said on that Great Chef's show so long ago was men have their hobbies and spend lots of money on gadgets for their hobby and for us not to feel guilty over a pie that failed. How much did the ingredients cost? How much does an egg cost or that cup of flour. She gave me the courage to not be intimidated when a meal didn't come out as well as it possibly could have. If it was a total disaster, then we had eggs for dinner...provided there were any left. I think you get the idea how liberating hearing something like that can be. I've never bought a Julia Child cookbook, but I did buy Nathalie Dupree's. I wish I could go to Mexico for her cooking class this month.

The movie about a young girl going through Julia Child's cookbook and cooking all the recipes and blogging about the experience sounds delightfully funny and a great way to spend a couple of hours in a theatre. It starts showing here this weekend and I can hardly wait to see it, if my personal plague goes away. I may even get up the nerve to buy a Julia Child cookbook to see what I've been missing all these years.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Pneumonic Plague

This morning I was feeling a little better until I read the headline on Yahoo that pneumonic plague has returned in China. While coughing violently I read the article all the while thinking that surely this is the beginning of the end of days. The guy who died yesterday was a neighbor to the guy that died a couple of days ago. I cannot even imagine having to be an emergency care giver in a situation like that. Oh...I just was re-reading the article and there have been 10 other people who died. They were relatives of the first guy...or the index case. (I've read a number of books about Ebola and other deadly diseases). The virus that causes Ebola, well a HUGE number of the virus could fit into this period. <-- period. The world has become a scarier place than it used to be, I believe. Well, back to being a health care professional in China at this time (or any other time) would be a hair raising event. I'd not last long, but then..they are all quarantined so I couldn't get out to share the plague with you. I wonder how many will get past authorities and run to Beijing, but they might not live long enough to make it far. WHO says humans would only live 24 hours after exposure. They got pneumonic plague from killing and eating marmots. Marmots are sort of a squirrel/prairie dog looking thing, but after you are infected it is spread by coughing or sneezing. The droplets fan out and gets everywhere and wait for you to come along and touch that surface.

Anyway, I just bring this up as I sit here coughing from the mysterious cold, and being thankful as all get out that it isn't worse, and that I don't live in China (for many different reasons). I wonder if my doctor would be happy to call in some prescriptions instead of me coming by his office today. Just wondering...but not hopeful.

Oh yeah...summer has returned with a vengence! It was nice and cool all weekend and last week, I think...been sick..remember. Today it is supposed to get up to 103F. Ugh.