Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Which Way Did It Go?


Summer that is. Here we are in fall; the year is almost over and it is gone. Right now I am happily making yoyos for some Christmas stockings for my niece Ellie Coleman. Ellie has just returned from Uganda where she and her friend are trying to help children who are living on the streets. They are placing them in a safe home where they can be fed and sheltered and go to school. They have rescued 16 children which is not shabby. Elinor is helping to make Christmas stockings for each of the children. The yoyos are for decoration. We will be having a stocking party at Elinor's church on Thursday to put them together. Ellie will be there to give a talk on her foundation. Boy, when I was 23, I sure wasn't thinking about children in Uganda. This girl is awesome and then some.
Well, there you have it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Blog Without Pictures Is The Pits!!!!!!

My computer died five days ago. It just upped and pooped out. I was devistated. I thought I had
lost my blog, my email, my everything. I have come to rely on this blog as a means of letting everything out and without it...........phooey. But low and behold all is NOT lost!!!!!!! I have a new harddrive and reconnected with my blog and email and .......oh joy, oh rapture. Unfortunately, all my pictures have to be reintroduced to the new hard drive and this will take some time. I have a lot of pictures and this baby doesn't load like my other computer did. So for tonight, no pictures. Rest assured, we will prevail and the pictures will come back.
Inch by inch, row by row, Muffer's blog will have lots to show.
For now, patience dear friends.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another Day Of Vertigo


I do not like Vertigo. It is a really bad feeling like you have no control. Standing, you feel like you are swaying. Lying down isn't much better except you know you won't fall. I am feeling better today but still not 100 percent and today Elinor is out of town.
I couldn't drive her to the train station because I am still a little dizzy. This is the pits.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Summer Is Coming To An End


I was watching the sky this afternoon and fall is in the air. It has been a beautiful day, very lazy but very nice. Elinor and I both went to our respective churches and returned home. I began the next puzzle and waited for her. Her service is three hours and mine in 1 1/2hrs. I called my good friend, Ruth Gil, and tried to cheer her up. She is suffering from the
shingles. I can hear her forget things now and I wonder how much longer she will be with me. What a dear friend she has been. I must try and call her more often.
Ellie and I had some lunch and then we went down and watched a tape of an old Peter, Paul and Mary concert. It was their 25th anniversary show and it was sweet. I found myself trying to figure out when they started?
Tonight, we will go over to Maureen's for Sunday dinner. Ellie Coleman will be there and we are bringing ice cream so it should be fun. Just a lazy Sunday. Sweet....................................................................

Saturday, September 19, 2009

That's My Guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!








I don't know how I could love anyone more than I love my brother, Ross. My Mother gave me to him because my birthday is the week before his and she was in the hospital for a week and didn't have anything for her 6 year old son. He took her seriously and he has watched over me for 61 years. He has been my biggest fan whether rooting at softball games or enjoying my pictures. When I am down, he will lift me up. When I am angry, he will calm me down. He is my voice of wisdom, my clown, my spotter,my dearest friend. He took me to my first circus, my first rodeo and my first fancy dinner at Maxwell's Plum. He has introduced me to escargot, baked Alaska and the great state of Texas. When I wanted to see what cotton looked like growing, he climbed over barbed wire and got me some. He took me on my first whale watch. Together we added a bunch of cherry trees on the island of Vancouver, BC.
Dear, dear, big brother: Thank you for being there for me thru good and bad. I treasure every day I know you. You would be my brother of the heart even if we were not related. Happy Birthday, Bro. YOU ROCK, BOY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Friday, September 18, 2009

The Truth Will Set You Free........Literally


There are two tv shows that I really enjoy at the moment: Top Chef and Project Runway. They are both reality shows......actually contests where a group of people are competing
for a big prize. Lately, on both shows, I have seen where someone has told a boldface lie and then they have been eliminated.
One Top Chef, the challenge was the pairing of a protein with a french sauce. Two chefs were paired with each other. One pairing was a young lady and a guy from France. The young lady wanted to use asparagus and the French guy didn't. They ended up in the worst dish group and when the judges asked if they had considered asparagus, the girl said yes but the French guy lied and said she hadn't. They were almost eliminated. On the next show, the French guy was eliminated.
On Project Runway, the designers were given the challenge of making an outfit out of newspaper. One designer named Johnny designed a dress that looked like a kid's craft project. When Tim Gunn, who is the mentor on the show, told him this, he threw his dress away but told everyone that the dress was ruined when he tried to iron it with a steam iron. He wanted everyone to think that his second outfit was made poorly because he had to start over again. The second outfit was also made poorly and the judges didn't buy his lame excuse. He was eliminated.
Both these shows are being filmed and edited to show on tv. Everything these people say is being filmed. Now both these people have been shown on film as being liars. Who did they think they were fooling? The whole world knows they lied and they both were eventually kicked off. The old adage "cheaters never prosper" is quite correct. It is just interesting that it happened on both shows, right around the same time. Cool.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

R.I.P., Mary Travers


How I loved going to Wolf Trap in Virginia in the summertime to hear the friendly sounds of Peter, Paul and Mary. Singing "Blowin' In The Wind", "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" and "Puff, The Magic Dragon" was just joyful. Everyone joined in no matter what age they were. We all knew the words. Oh, they would introduce new songs each year but it was the old faovrites we relished.
Today, Mary Travers died. She had cancer and she lost her battle but what a fighter. This was a group that didn't just talk about what was wrong......they protested. I remember seeing pictures of them at the March on Washington led by Martin Luther King, Jr. They were right up front with him. They followed in the footsteps of the Weavers, another famous folksinging group that I knew back in the 50's. They spoke out about apartaid in South Africa, Civil Rights here, and bombings in El Salvador.
They had a wonderful sense of humor as well. I howled when Mary sang "I'm In Love With A Big Blue Frog". I loved it when they would joke on stage. How lucky I was to have heard them. I still get chills when I hear Mary belt out "If I Had A Hammer". She put her heart in it and so did we as we joined her. Thank you, Mary T. Say Hello to Puff for me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Special Welcome For An Old Friend




Annie brought a special gift with her on this trip: some ashes of her husband , Roger. I could not have been more honored. Our Mother's ashes rest in a little japanese pagoda in our backyard and now she will have company. We put Roger's ashes with Mom. He was one of her dearest friends. Nothing delighted her more than to receive a nice long letter from Rog. She would settle
back in her chair, have a little wine and inhale the news. Now she can enjoy conversations with him all the time. What joy for her. What a wonderful gift from a lovely lady to her good friend.

Monday, September 14, 2009

TA DA!


It was a good birthday. I heard from most of the people I really care about . There were a few surprises which are always nice. My good friend and sister of the heart, Annie Wiehe , has been here since Thursday. What a joy she is. We had a good time Friday. Maureen took us into Portland to a fountain where kids can swim. We had Sam with us and he is always fun to watch. He loves the water and is a regular fish. He brought all his dinosaurs and played with them until twilight. Mo brought chicken salad, lettece, grapes and rolls and we ate out at the fountain. Then we went and got homemade ice cream cones. It was very nice. Saturday, I went to my OA and they all sang Happy Birthday to me which was cool. I then joined Elinor and Annie and we went to see Sam at his soccor game. There is nothing funnier than watching five year olds play soccor. Sam's brother , Thomas , was there to encourage his younger brother. It was sweet. We dropped the boys off at home and went back to Portland. Maureen is the best tourguide in the west. She knows where everything is especially, the chocolate places. We hit two of them and let me tell you, it was HEAVEN ON EARTH!!!!!!!!!. We then went home and had a pickup supper and watched Mamma Mia. I love that movie! Sunday did not start out so good. I woke up with the room spinning and I was scared silly. Elinor called Mo and she came over and figured out I had Vertigo which is an inner ear infection and messes up your balance. I spent most of the day in bed just sleeping. That evening, we went over to my great niece, Ellie Coleman, new house. Ellie has just returned from Uganda where the foundation she has set up is working to get children off of the street. The foundation is now sponsering 17 children. They have a safe house to live in, they go to school, and there is someone who watches over them. Ellie is incredible. If you would like to hear more about her foundation it is http://www.peaceforpaul.org
We had a fantastic dinner of spagetti, green beans, beet salad, berry cobbler and brownies. What a birthday. It was fun to meet Ellie's friends.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Another Year Older......Oh Well











I look at pictures of myself and I wonder where that person has gone? Where did that little girl go? I was a cute little kid. I had dreams and hopes but they didn't go very far. I am not saying I am a failure because I don't feel like one but I never really accomplished much. Oh I worked but never at anything specific or special. I look at my nieces and nephews. They are all working and doing things with their lives and I really didn't. It seems a little sad. Oh, well.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I Don't Want To Forget


This isn't a picture of New York or the Pentagon but it reminds me of that day 8 years ago. I was working for Diplomat Travel and one of the accountants said that a plane had hit the twin towers in NYC. It was an incredible time. We watched the fire. We saw the second plane hit. We heard about the Pentagon and then the final plane in PA. We cried. It was frightening and sad.
I don't want to forget that over 3000 people died within a 2 1/2 hours time. I don't want to forget the attempts at rescues, the smoke, the ash, the steel, the flag. I don't want to forget.

Like A Breath Of Fresh Air





She flew in yesterday from Boston to be with me on my birthday. She is like a breath of spring breezing in with joy and laughter. Annie Wiehe has been a part of my life since I was eight I think. I use to see her walking this big old german shepherd on Greenaceres Ave. I love dogs so we talked. She joined our church and sang in the choir and she became friends with my mother. You might say Mom adopted her into our family. She has always been a good friend. She and her wonderful husband, Roger, shared many holidays with us. We know her children and grandchildren. Mom traveled in Europe with Anne and Roger. A visit from Annie was and is a treat to be savored and that is what we are doing: SAVORING............mmmmmmm.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What A Gal!!!!!!








One of my favorite people to visit has always been my Aunt Pat McCandlish. Going to her house could be counted on to be an adventure. Pat loved adventures. Whether we were exploring Lake Barcroft by canoe or walking the streets of Tokyo looking for eelings, it was always different and better with Pat. She had a curiosity that was contagious. The kids at Hayfield School loved to talk to her in the Library. She was literally a pied piper.
I loved to go to museums with her because she would often see things I didn't. I tried things with Pat that I would never have tried on my own.
When I first came down to Virginia at age 21, she was the one who first took me in and she was also the one who kicked me out two months later and told me to get on with it. Well done, Priscilla.
Pat died last night with her wonderful daughter, Margaret and her granddaughter, Carole beside her. I know she will get a big welcome in Heaven from my mom who absolutely adored her and has waited patiently to be reunited with her best friend. May God Bless and keep you, Aunts. You will always be the best.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What Is It About Dogs?





This morning I was woken up by excessive barking on the part of our neighborhood dogs. For two and one half hours, these dogs barked and barked. I was about ready to have a hissy fit(and so was Cashew). I mean really. It reminded me of a song from the Music Man. Professor Hill is trying to avoid the members of the town council and he does this by making them sing. He gets the ladies of the town to join in with gossip. The ladies look like a bunch of chickens cackling and clucking and that is exactly what those dogs sounded like today. What was so important that it took them that long to say it? I like dogs. Don't get me wrong but enough is enough. Cashew talks too but at least she is talking to me and I can usually figure what she wants. WOOOOOOOF!
PS. Please note, Margaret, Nani is NOT mentioned in this because when she barks, she makes it short, sweet and to the point.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Good Friend


This is Cooper and last night we had Cooper's Dad over for dinner. Cooper's Dad is a guy named Todd Dixon and he is the best of all neighbors. He has helped us out so much over the two years that I have lived here. Anything from fixing our sprinkler system to fixing our dining room chairs. So last night was a small payback. Todd's wife Cathy, who is equally wonderful, is visiting her grandbabies in Utah so Todd is batching it.
Elinor fixed one of her delicious soups and it was soooo good. She also fixed a salad and then topped it off with a fresh peach crisp. It seems that we both went to the grocery store and got several of the same items like peaches and bananas and butter. Everything tasted fabulous and Todd really had a good time. It was fun doing something for someone who has been so kind to us.
Old Cooper? He stayed at home. He and Cashew would not have mixed at all. Sorry, Coop but in this house, Cashew rules.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Fox Family School Sendoff from Grandma






Yesterday was a fun day. Elinor invited her three grandsons-- John, Thomas and Sam Fox--for a pre-school brunch. I picked up the young gentlemen at 1030am and brought them over to our house. Elinor had fixed bacon,sausage, baked eggs, hash browns and homemade coffee cake(our mom's recipe). It was a feast. She also had gifts for each boy. Sam got a writing pad since he is starting kindergarden this fall. He also got some colored pencils and gummy bears and underware. Thomas received a new wallet, a notebook with pen, some socks and jelly beans. John received a notebook with pen, a new t-shirt, a new tie and twisters. Their grandmother said a prayer for them that they would have a good year in school and do well. The boys were very appreciative and thank her as they should. Old Aunt Muff got the pictures. We does what we can. If this is our future, we are in good hands.