as it's called when ravens gather. And the other week, gather they did.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Friday, September 3, 2021
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
As I write this at 2 pm on Monday, it's 106 in the shade on my patio and 114 at Joyce's house. I hope this is summer's last hurrah as far as heat goes.
I swear, I will not buy any more stuff until Chrismas! I've just had a need to spoil myself and my dogs, but too much online shopping equals too many cardboard boxes that you then need to dispose of. I'm driving away from the dump's recycle place in the photo, which I took the other day.
Usually, my dogs have just put their heads underneath the bed to escape the heat. I guess Faith figured a whole-body experience would be more beneficial.
Monday, August 23, 2021
As I'm ageing, I find that I have no problem remembering things when I pay attention. And I mean not just the kind of attention I got away with in my younger years, but really serious attention.
But when I don't, I may forget. I've forgotten several small things lately. Not appointments, but the name of a teller at the bank, someone I may need to contact again. This after I specifically asked for her name. I forgot about an e-mail from a friend with some important information, things like that. Nothing major, but still things I should remember. Would always have remembered.
So, instead of being depressed about these things, I ordered the two notebooks, pictured above.
Designed by Vera Bradley, one of my favorite purse and tote bag designers, I found these on Amazon. I wanted them to be pretty and cheer me up and her stuff always does.
Getting old can be scary. So far, I'm not scared, but I don't like the fact that I can't remember things as well as I used to. So now I hope my new little memory assistant will help me.
I don't know how I will use it yet, but it feels like a fun thing to try.
Do I carry it around with me?
I have to think about that.
Maybe in time I will, right now I think I'm OK.
I will use the larger book for various things: Record my blood sugar values when my diabetes goes bonkers. I usually keep records for a day or two and then my sugars usually get back to where they need to be.
I will use it to note the hours Mark works when he comes to help me, and what I paid him. And for whatever else may come up. I love to have a large notebook to write in. It's so much easier than the smaller ones.
Looking at their cheerful covers, these two notebooks will always make me smile.
Thank you, Vera Bradley, you are the best.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
As the moon rises over a smoky landscape, it's clear that we are beginning to pay the price for how we have lived our lives. Careless with cars, plastic, air travels, and all the rest. Probably just a small price now, but arriving sooner than we thought. Only to grow in size and consequence in years to come.
Many of us are doing better, some of you are fantastic when it comes to protecting our earth through your daily life actions.
I'm not that good, but I'm a work in progress.
We should all aim to be at least that.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021
Feeling about as uninspired as Aretha when she looked out on the morning rain, in one of my favorite songs of the day, I looked through my recent photos to see if I could find something of interest to blog about.I recently stopped on my way home and took this picture. Not sure why, I probably liked the tall lamp posts framing the picture. Or just to see what the sun would do.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
The other day, I saw a raven chase a road runner across my back yard. The road runner ran across the open space with the raven flying right above her, almost touching her back. When she reached the juniper trees, she just went under one and there wasn't much the raven could do, so the chase ended with a draw and no one hurt.
Monday, July 19, 2021
I only use the a/c in the afternoons when the heat beats down on my living room and by the front door, where Samson likes to nap. To keep him comfortable the rest of the day, I put this fan on the floor for him.
Me: Yes, Faith, it really is for Samson. If you just move back a little you two can share it.
Faith: Would be more fair if you had two fans. You know, one for each of us.
Me: If you move back and don't block the air, the fan will cover both of you.
Faith: Hmmm... I'll think about it.
Me: Orange balls go in the closet...
Faith: OK, if that's the way you want to be.
Monday, July 12, 2021
Of course the color of the only car they had was this red. I didn't want a red car, but this was the only one. It's a soft metallic red and I like it better already.
It has the necessary All Wheel Drive (in case it will ever snow or rain here again), it's a hybrid, so better for the environment, the electric charges when you step on the brake.
It has all the bells and whistles you could possibly want. Most of them I can live without, but how cool that as long as you have your keys on you, you can just walk away, and the car will magically lock itself. Then you only have to touch the handle to open it.
I don't need or want all the stuff I have to pay extra for, but some of it can be fun to play with, I'm sure.
I have a lot to learn.
Best for me: I'm very comfortable sitting in it and driving it. It fits me perfectly.
And it's such a joy to drive.
Jeanne and Jon went to Death Valley, where it is HOT, VERY HOT.
It was 110 in Lancaster, but she sent this picture from Death Valley:
Friday, July 9, 2021
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Happy Birthday, Samson
Happy birthday to the kindest, sweetest, most loyal, patient, protective and all around adorable dog I have ever known.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Every year since I've been alone here, I've watched Smiles of a Summer Night, a film by Ingmar Bergman, on my birthday. Since I was born on the solstice, this always seemed like a good way to celebrate.
This year, I went grocery shopping instead. Then I was exhausted, so no movie.
And now it's Midsummer...
Traditionally, Swedes celebrate Midsummer with food, drink and dance into the light summer night. Decorating and then dancing around a Maypole is common. In the archipelago, where I spent my summers, we danced on a jetty to oldtime music played on an accordion. Such delightful memories.
In Sweden, and some other countries as well, custom says that when a young girl picks seven different kinds of wildflowers and places them under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.
This year, I was supposed to go on a drive to the beach with my greatnieces and their dad, but after remembering the traffic and crowds at the beach on a lovely summer weekend, I suggested we go in the fall instead.
So now, here I am spending Midsummer's Eve with Faith and Samson.
I can't think of a better time to watch Smiles of a Summer Night again.
Wild Strawberries, another film by Ingmar Bergman. I wonder how long he and his contributions to film will be remembered.