Bits of Life

While watching I’m making bracelets from Grandma Retta Jannusch’s cracker jack tokens.  I had a jar of them and now I’m transforming them.

Grandma’s Cracker Jack prizes


Marme, the diabetic cat, had a hospital trip a couple days ago so her medicine regime has changed.  Owners said if he starts acting lethargic, I might want to be concerned.  So Monte, the cat who’s not so sure of me, was right on time for dinner on the deck.  Still won’t come in to eat so I deliver to the deck, but under the table.  An hour and a half later, no Marme.  Have to find him before dark, so I walked the perimeter of the yard calling his name wondering when I should call the owners to let them know he couldn’t be found.  He must have been napping and I woke him with my calling.  I was so thankful to see his head at the door!!  Whew.  Taking care of a sick animal is a bit trying.

Went to Home Depot for a few items and since some are so obscure like little pads for furniture to prevent scuffing floors, I didn’t know where they might be.  I was directed by one happy employee to the hardware section but after a cursory look I hadn’t spied them.

An employee was helping a jolly looking man getting new keys and before I knew it, this guy had the employee and I engaged in a 20 minute conversation about his life in Kentucky and how he preferred Columbus because the women had all their teeth.  He said he was working in Kentucky and didn’t like it and wanted to get fired even to the point of not showing up for work, but they refused to let him go so he finally quit.  The Home Depot employee had lived in No. Kentucky so she disagreed with his analysis of Kentucky.  She thought Columbus was too big, too many people.

Continuing on the man told us he  has 2 ex wives and he met his recent girlfriend in a bar in Kentucky but she had all her teeth, long blonde hair and before you know it she had moved in with him and they are still together today!!

Whew!  The employee had to break off our conversation to help another customer so I’m not sure she heard about his good luck at finding a new lasting relationship even if it was in Kentucky.

I’m thankful at these times that I don’t have anywhere I have to be at any particular time for I would have missed listening to this delightful young man’s stories.  Not that I endorse his lifestyle, but he was funny.  One has to wonder about his relationships though.  He was buying a car key for a daughter.  That’s how it all started.  He said you have to buy a key that looks so good she won’t lose it.



Finished “Cater Street Hangman” by Anne Perry.  Very good and I’ve marked a couple of her other books to read.

Slowly but surely getting closer and closer to eliminating “stuff” I don’t need.

I’ve always loved that saying and more often than not it is so appropriate.  I met with my friend Karen today and we love telling about the books or movies we’ve read.  I found myself trying to tell about a passage in a book I read, but I had absolutely no recollection of the actual book.  It was so frustrating.  If I write it on my calendar, I can quickly use my phone to find what I’ve read or seen lately.  Hopefully it will keep my from losing my mind completely!!

I decided I would start writing these down on my calendar.

Since I listen in the car and read at home, I have several going at the same time.  I finished “Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers” and since I was driving, I started “The Charming Quirks of Others”.  Both by Alexander McCall Smith.  Delightful!

Now I have to figure out what I was reading that had to do with men looking for treasures they thought the Nazi’s hid in mountains of Germany, Austria, Poland, – can’t remember.

Not much – workout, jigsaw puzzle, dancing – waltz and swing.  Nice people there.  Without my aspirin it plays havoc on my back and knees.

Then about 10:30 my legs start going heeby jeeby!!

Oh yes, I got my veggies from the Hoover YMCA.  This time included garlic, carrots, swiss chard, kale, potatoes and basil!  It makes the frig smell heavenly.

Making Pesto tomorrow.  I’ll take a picture of my goodies.

There was something I wanted to add, but it flew from my brain as soon as I remembered it.  Oh yea, I bought a couple beautiful coneflowers.  I really love them and I think they will do best in the soil outside at least until it becomes more fertile.  I’ll take pictures of these also.


A. met with high school friends for a couple days so I hung out with An.  We did sculpey, read books about disasters – volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami’s.  A read the headings and anything explanatory as well as the Disaster Ratings.

100 Most Destructive Natural Disasters EverWrote a bit on Ash Adventures.  When Dad got home, we went out to Noodles, got 2 movies – new Peanuts and Inside Out.

Got out a few photo albums to reminisce.  It’s loads of fun.  Cause we can tell stories at the same time.

An. put together a storage unit.  She read the directions and learned about an Allen wrench.  Fun 2 days!

VonHaus Pink Ombre 10 Drawer Make Up Mobile Home Office Salon Storage Trolley

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