Monday, February 16, 2015

When I'm 64...

                                             Flower child and me on the beach in January
                                                         Selfie with flower child
                                                     Self-ie portrait-first wrinkle sighting

 I know it is only February but in April I will be 64. You know how I am. I want someone to sing me the Beatles song "When I'm 64" preferably Paul McCartney.

I' m reading my first Nick Hornby book. Juliet, Naked. So good. I am going to have to read About a Boy. A former rock star and a museum curator both face aging, don't we all, but feel they have wasted years. Big question. Do you remember what you were doing on any given date? Say April 09, 1988? I got nothing...
Also reading Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library for a book report to my 9 year old in FLA. listening to An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabalden. Outlander series #7. I do not want to finish this series. It has become the background of my life. Watching True Blood season 3. So bloody. SNL 40th Anniversary last night. Paul Simon made me cry.

Time,once again, to play 20 questions courtesy of Oprah magazine's 20 questions every woman should ask herself today!
#1 Do I enjoy my own company?  Easy. Yes. I have always lived by the, "If you want to have an intelligent conversation, talk to yourself," school of thought. I know what I like to do and at this point in my life I have the time to do it. Reading, porch sitting, biking, photoging, spending time with the really interesting people in my life, the grands. I do not mind alone time at all.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris...

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

The mouth is a weird place. Not quite inside and not quite out, not skin and not organ, but something in between: dark, wet, admitting access to an interior most people would rather not contemplate--where cancer starts, where the heart is broken, where the soul might just fail to show up.

Would you keep reading? I am going to take this one on!

Pages read, travel and pictures...

                                          Packers and Lions and Cowboys...Oh, my!
                                A bike repair stand with tools for every imaginable fix. Vero Beach
Sand man + grands on Atlantic Ocean beach

Flower child, sand man and Granny on the beach

Packer fans in Florida

Frame tree on Indian River lagoon

Food truck with tofu

January has been a month of interesting pictures. I spent time in Vero Beach with my daughter 
and family on the Indian River lagoon. I sat with a cup of tea on the dock. Pelicans, flying mullet and dolphins crossed my vision. A tree that is a picture frame. I read part of Captain Rodney Smith's journal. Enjoying Life on the Indian River Coast. I enjoyed the beauty and peace of this bio diverse boundry water. 

My most notable books read in 2014

January 2014 I read: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Voyager (Outlnder#3) by Diana Gabaldon,
February favorites: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Swamplandia by Karen Russell, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry March #1's: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and the Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larson April: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, Nightwoods by Charles Frazier, May: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, Drums of Autumn by d. Gabaldon, Shotgun Lovesongs by Nick Butler, I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron, Arcadia by Lauren Groff, The One and Only Ivan  June: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King  July: The Interestings by Wolitzer, Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlan, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell September: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth, Americanah by Chimandah Ngozi Adichie October's best: A Breathe of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon November: Euphoria by Lily King December: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

These are the best of the many books I read in 2014. I hope I find books equal to these special reads in 2015. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015...

                                           At the Ice Rink

My family on Christmas Eve 2014

                                                         Flower child contortionist

                                            V and H at Broadway Rox Christmas

                                                            Youngest Texan grand

                                                  Ivan, Cammy and Kelley

This year our family could not all be together for Christmas. My youngest daughter moved to Florida.
I miss them so much. I loved being able to visit them whenever I wanted to. The five kids, including the baby of the family, are now over a thousand miles away. Our Texans left yesterday. My oldest daughter who lives two blocks away has just announced that they will be moving to Florida as soon as they sell their house. 2015 is going to be tough for me. I have loved having family so close.

I can not think of any resolutions for the New Year. I hope I am aging gracefully. Sixty-four this year. I am the girl who did not think I would survive sixty. I went to my work Christmas party. I am invited every year even tho I have been retired for seven years (what?). I sub quite a few days. There are only three co- workers left from my time. For the first time ever I felt out of place. Three new babies. Everyone seems so young. They are now mostly in their late 20's or early 30's.

I am reading Lincoln Ladies by Suzy Duffy. I just finished All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This story made me so sad. WWII story of such suffering caused by war. Little glimmers of light, character, in the darkness of inhumanity. I watched many sappy, fun, Hallmark movies with my daughters. It's a Wonderful Life made me cry again.

Goodbye 2014. Where did you go and how did you go so fast?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bye, bye, love...

So long happiness...They are moved to Florida. My daughter and her family left snow country or God's country, whatever it is to you or to me. I will visit of course. People tell me, " Now you have a new place to travel to." But it is not the same as having them in my daily life. I think of the time I will miss with the baby...

Reading The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. Very good. Listening to An Echo in the Bone. Starting An Abundance of Katherines.

Really enjoyed This is Where I Leave You, the movie.

Bye, bye my loves,  good bye...I think I'm gonna cry.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Some things you should know about the porch person...

I have picked so many berries this summer. I cannot stop. The bad thing is what I do with them. Muffins, pies, buckles and crisps...
Then there is the new I-Pad Air. I have charging stations in every room, including the porch. I have a Droid, a laptop, a Paper White and now the Air. I have a Kindle app, an Audible app and Overdrive media console on each one. I have The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, audio and hard copy. I listen to the Outlander series while I do a poor job of cleaning and gardening and walking. Outlander is now on Starz...
I have a headlamp available at my bedside just in case I need to read after dark.
Camera equipment, especially lenses, makes me smile.
I  am concerned that my electronic vices, not devices, could be taking over...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cray-cray on the porch...

Summer, so far, has been crazy busy. The Texans were here for almost a month. Mackinac Island, Run or Dye and the Fourth of July. I finished that 5k...not last.
I have been reading. I even watched a few movies, Gravity and Dallas Buyer's Club, thanks Jeanne and Milo. My home has been painted and most of our roof replaced because of wind damage. My daughter and her kids crashed the backyard adding veggies and perennials and cleaning up overgrown lilacs. Spent a week in Isabella just in time for hay baling behind our camp. I love that field and the big round bales. The view.
Looking forward to my niece's grad party downstate. Will be seeing my far flung family.