Bits of Life

Nice lunch with the gals at Goat in Hilliard.  They had a great salad with mahi mahi.

But everything aches.  I’m always reminded of John Denver’s song – ‘There’s a Storm across the Valley” cause I can feel it’s a-coming!!  The arthritis pain index for Columbus says I shouldn’t be feeling anything – tell my throbbing knuckles that!!

Making a Matagorda Bay photo book for Craig and Loretta.  Great pictures if I have to say so myself!!

Think I;ll crochet a few rounds on Anna’s skirt tonight until my shoulder hurts worse.  Watched Finding Nemo and I think I’ll watch Finding Dory tomorrow.  I believe I like it more.  There are crazier characters if that’s possible – the octopus and the truck leaping  off the road into the water is crazy!!

Long time – playing lots of gin rummy online with a computer and I’m really beginning to hate it.  Is there a point to this game?  You can’t make any plans, cards just come at you willy nilly – but I am playing it for distraction.

Waited in a long line to get a Covid test that was required before I had a colonoscopy which was postponed anyway but decided I’d get the test anyway.  It was negative, YEA!!

Updating my Nurnberg memories page and sometimes I get a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach when I begin to enumerate how many of my classmates have died.  It feels like when Mom died.  I feel like throwing up, so I have to quit for awhile.  Like now and do something else to take my mind off things.


I’m apparently not able to keep up a daily log except for every couple weeks. Today, I woke up really aching – shoulder hands, arms, back – hurt to get out of bed.  Got that accomplished because I had several items to pickup.  Library book – Moby Dick which I ordered for my MRI which didn’t happen anyway, groceries at kroger and another batch of yarn.  I had to go inside Joann’s today because I’ve run out of Yoda yarn and couldn’t figure out online which one I had ordered.   Didn’t take long to spot it in person.

Started renaming files that have only a number and I got about 100 done and for some reason when I renamed one, it renames everything in that file to the same name.  So irritaitng.  I had only spent aobut an hour and now I’ll have to do it again!

Had my catscan yesterday which was fine.  I had taken some clonazepam in case I got nervous.  It’s supposed to make you sleepy, but it didn’t do a thing which turned out ok cause I didn’t need it.  Took about 10 minutes.  Don’t know why the MRI people can’t figure out a way to keep your head out if your back is being checked.

Off to scan more photos for posterity and to get them out of the room.  Am also gathering up items I don’t need – taking to VoA.

Wonder if Covid will no longer be a constant presence in our lives.

Attempted another MRI which didn’t happen – again.  I took some anxiety medicine but it didn’t help until I got home and slept from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm.  I have an appointment with my doctor to look at the MRI – ha -.  Think I’ll to make a new appointment and get a different type of medicine.  It will only – ONLY – take 10 minutes but at this point I’d like to accomplish this.

Jeff and Simon came over to help me move the plethora of irises from near the front door.  Just 3 had blooms this year which meant they needed separating.  So thankful for their help.

My back still kills me in the morning.  And after seeing yet another doctor it has been decided that I need a colonoscopy.  Such joy!!!  Two things I hate, to look forward to.  Augh!!

Made reservations for party 2.0 in October for my 75th!!  This time at Huesotonic Woods near Oxford Ohio where Miami U where Simon will be attending – hopefully in person.  One shouldn’t get too excited about making plans anymore.  Who knows, another spike in the Coronavirus could upend everything again.

This will be a rambling collection of happenings since my last note.

June 9th – It is very hot today!!! Bought portulaca variety to replace the pansies.  Many of them died from lack of water and that some were in hanging plants.  Some were completely missing and there’s evidence on the hosta that deer have returned so I think they like pansies.  Must check about the portulaca.  They were one of mom’s favorite plants.  Nice to be reminded of her.  I’ll wait till around 6 to plant them and a storm is coming which will reduce my watering.  I have acquired a trash can without a lid and it is filling up with water.  I’m going to fix some kind of lid that will filter the water, keep mosquitoes out and become my rain barrel.

The weekend was Simon’s.  He received his diploma in a rather unorthodox manner.  At 10 on Saturday morning Metro presented a virtual graduation with pictures of each of the students via youtube.  In the afternoon he received his diploma in cap and gown and masks.  His Covid hair was so big that the cap kept popping off.  Managed to simulate some of the usual boring graduation experience since we had to wait in the car for his name to be called.  At least not as hot as a big gymnasium or outside bleachers.


In my world it is still May 20.  Since I started thinking about writing on the 20th.  I have trouble getting to sleep.  I think I’m getting bored.  I really want to go somewhere – like the beach or something different than here.  But I’m also afraid of going where there are lots of people.  Actually, it’s the getting there, such as staying in a motel or getting on an airplane.  Hmmm! Don’t know how to fix that.

Finished making copies of the Floy Smith side of the family.  Actually there’s a few pages waiting to be printed out.  Computer and printer aren’t talking to each other.  Today sometime I’ll have to set them straight and get the pages done so I can mail them out.  I think Loretta’s sisters should give her a subscription to Ancestry so she can see these herself.  The census files are so tiny.  Couldn’t figure out how to make them fit the page.

Have to turn on Vera and listen to an episode I’ve heard a few times.  My lullaby.

Started working on my Trees What Do They Know site.  That is different.  It has been raining and I’d like to plant some more, but I’d like to make sure they aren’t cut down with the next mowing.  Bench still in pieces.

Shocking morning – Had a normal BP 118/64 and I thought it was a problem since it’s been forever since I had a reading that low.

picked up Noodles for Annalise and I.  We chatted for a bit, saw Cosmo at the window.  I think he recognized my car!!

Lifetime Fitness wrote that they are opening and wanted to know if I would come back.  They aren’t making patrons wear masks so I told them I wouldn’t come back.

Brought Deepot upstairs to do the bedroom. So cool!!  Right away it found a small ball of yarn and got tangled.  But after that, worked like a charm.

Making copies of Smith/McClendon genealogy for Floy.  Hopefully will send that off tomorrow.  Nice to get projects completed.  Eventually, I’ll have to tackle the basement.  Would like to start on Simon’s quilt for going off to college, but who knows how that will turn out.  At least I’ll have made the quilt.  I have 15-18 ‘subject’ log cabin squares planned.

Rain, rain and more rain.  Maybe tomorrow I can get the bench put together.  It’s outside partially finished and I don’t want any of the kids to mess with it.  May try to bring it in where I can help stabilize it.

Decided to forge ahead with ‘Trees – What do They Know’ website.

To sleep soon!!

Spring excitement!  Actual tornado warning with a slow moving storm which could make it a problem for many areas.  So I’m in the basement.  Signs of spring – tornados here and hurricanes on the east coast near NC which makes me want to go back this fall.  Maybe, depending on the Covid situation.

Sent off two pieces of history –  1949 Western Kentucky U basketball picture with Gene Rhodes in it.  My dad knew Gene from the Army.

Also, sent off a Moscow Circus brochure to Circus museum in Indiana.    I’ll find the pictures and add them.

Tornado warning over for our county.  Guess I’ll go back upstairs but news is on TV so I might as well check on it.

The video of the robotic sweeper is so wonderful!!!!  I may buy the mopping one also.

Everybody lies!  I’ve been watching too much House!  Yesterday I said – no more gin rummy – today I played a few games, but with a completely different attitude.  Don’t care what cards I get!!

Had a real live sit down conversation with a real live person.  Went to Dena’s and we sat on the  back porch, had coffee, snacks almonds, pecans and coconut.  It was very pleasant.

Got a gift in the mail – wasn’t sure where it came from but I found out it was a Mother’s Day gift from Jeff and Amy!  City BBQ – can’t wait..  I need more meat.

It’s official!  I’ve played my last hand of online gin rummy.  And if I ever get to play it in real life, I will definitely decline.  It is so frustrating.  You never know what cards you are going to get – it’s just a crapshoot and I’m beginning to hate the game.

I’ll play pinochle from now on.  At least you get all your cards at one time.  There’s a bit more strategy.  Maybe even scrabble.  This pandemic is driving me crazy.

Scanned a few more NC vacation photos so I’ll make that the next photo book.  Found a whole album of Arkansas when they lived across the street from their now house.  Don’t think I’ll make a photo book out of it.  The album is too cute.

Got my bamboo toilet paper today.  Went to Big Lots to get a sliding tray that I think will turn out to be a waste of $5, but we’ll see.  Got all of Elsa’s dress done.  Now to her arms, hair and eyes and to fix her wobbly neck.

Talked with Corban by Duo phone today.  That was fun.  He’s planning to make lots of Star Wars implements.  Will need to check back in to see what he’s accomplished.

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