Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Just A Little Experiment

Looks a little weird doesn't it? I thought it looked kinda cool so I tried taking a picture.

A friend gave us some hyacinth for Spring. We are still about 50 days away from Spring but what the hey? Elinor and I are notorious for killing plants but I think maybe even we can keep these alive. All we have to do is keep the jars filled with water. We should be okay unless Cashew decides to play potty-pat. This is her new game. After 8 years, she has discovered the toilet. After she plays in the water, she likes to jump on the bed and shake her paw at me. YUCH!!!!!

How do they learn this?

Meet The Tower

One of the great things about living with my sister is that I get see all the stuff she has collected over the years. In our library is the tower. It is a four sided, incredible ......thing. I really don't know how to describe it. It uses shadow boxes and various other contraptions to hold all sorts of knick knacks that Elinor has found. It even has a metal hip joint on the front...a contribution from our good friend, Todd, who works as a doctor's assistant (I think). It sits on a stand and has branches that extend from it. It is cool. I never cease looking at it with new interest every time I go into the room.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

You Just Never Know

In case you are wondering, this is a picture I took of the 4th of July fireworks in Washington, DC on the tv. Who would have thought? The reason for the picture is because I found some information about a relative that is really cool.

It all began when I went into Ancestry.com and was updating my credit card info. If you haven't tried Ancestry.com, it is a really great site to trace your family. While I was on there, I noticed a little blerb that said Kentucky Marriages. We have been looking for info on several marriages that we thought took place in Kentucky and hadn't had any luck. Tonight.... we had luck. I put in the name Eleanor Peace Collett. She was born in 1802 in Wakefield, England. We had always thought she married a Michael Barstow....WRONG!!!!! She married his brother, Jeremiah. They had three children...the second one was Marie Louise Barstow. Marie married a William Owsley George and they produced 6 kids. The first was Eva Waller George who married John Joseph Kreer. Their youngest child was Elinor Peace Kreer who married Arnold W. Totman. They had three girls: Evelyn (my Mom), Barbara, and Priscilla (my favorite Aunt-Pat).

I was so excited that I called Elinor(my sister) who is visiting friends in the Bay Area. She was thrilled. It was a cool find and I am delighted. You just never know what you will find when you are not really trying.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Dinner With Thomas And Sam Fox

We celebrated Christmas with Thomas and Sam Fox by taking them to their favorite restaurant,


Both boys really like this place because of the great rib sause.

Sam who is not much of an eater these days cleaned his plate. I don't think the restaurant had to wash either of the boys' plates.

Elinor and I also enjoy this restaurant so it wasn't a hardship to go. We had hoped to have the company of John also but he had to work. We will have to reschedule with him. Darn! That means we will have to go and eat there again. Poor us!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Extremely Soft and Incredibly Far

I saw a movie today called EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE. It starred Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock and a very talented boy by the name of Thomas Horn. It was about a boy whose father died in 9/11 and how he goes on a search to make sense of it. Of course, there is no way to make sense of 9/11 . How do you make sense of 8 men highjacking 4 planes and crashing them?

The boy believes that his father left him something and he has to find it. In doing so, he meets some wonderful people, including his grandfather, and overcomes some of his fears in the process.

He also comes to find out that his mother isn't as distant from him as he thought. That she can think like he does and understand him pretty well. He had been pushing her away but she didn't give up. I think I may have treated my own father in much the same way. He never protested very much and I thought that perhaps he didn't care but I think now I was wrong.

Maybe I just wasn't listening or he was talking too softly but I am sorry Dad. I didn't hear you then but I feel you now. Love you lots and thanks for trying.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Unrequited Love

His name is Achmed and he lives next door. When Cashew

first saw him, she went nuts. She lay down on the floor and cried and rolled and did all manner of unlady cat things.

Now, it is all over. Oh, she comes over and sniffs at the screen but then she just goes her way.

Such is life....catstyle....or not.

There Is A Room

There is a room in our home

where I can be all alone.

It is a wonderful room though

it hasn't a phone.

Alas, it lacks a simple dial tone.

Though the room is tiny with

no place to roam,

It is an essential part of our dear

little home.

There is much to look at and

good things to read.

There is artwork galore...whatever

you need.

So I come to this room to be on my


Happily seated on our brand new


Friday, January 13, 2012

Have You Ever Tried To Play Solitaire Around A Cat?

Have you ever tried to play solitaire around a cat? It is an experience for sure. I keep saying "Lie Down, Cashew....Lie Down."

Cats are so obedient........HA! And if I try to move her out of the way, she smacks me (sometimes with claws out) with her paw. Now I ask you.....is that nice? For some reason,

she wants to be on the computer desk staring at me. Not only does she want to be on the desk, but when she goes to get up there, she uses me for a step(from floor to my thigh to the desk).

Now really!!!!

Very strange little beast........and I love it.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Best Christmas Present Ever

Every year, Elinor gives me a really cool present

for Christmas. This year, she outdid herself.

She made totebags for the Domino Queens.

Eash one is different and special for the lady to whom it was given. The first one in the first

picture is for Carol Eyre. She loves the color black, music and travel. Sue Moore, the first lady on the viewer's left collects old hankies(clean, of course) and old linen. Carleen Yamashita is a Japanese Hawaiian and also, our hostess. The fabric for hers is all Japanese. Next to her is Carolyn Robertson, a lover of flowers and gardening so hers has flowers and gardening. And finally, our classic lady, Berta Dowden and her bag is brimming over with class.

Elinor gave me these bags for each of my friends and it was so much fun to present them. The

ladies were delighted. Each bag also had a tag on it made from domino designed material and shaped like the head of a queen(complete with crown). It was soooooo cool.

Elinor's bags are so unique but then so is Elinor. She sure made Christmas fun for me. Thanks, Sis.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

What Do You See?

Recently, I gave a poem to a friend. I am enclosing it because I need for my other friends to see it too.

What do you see when you look at me?

When you look, what do you see?

Do you see a mass of color?

Or am I invisible to your eye? Do you stop and examine or will you pass me by?

No, you are curious. You take the time you need.

You look deeper than most; you want to get a good read.

So I open up for you and let my inner light glow.

You are one of my dearest friends and I just wanted you to know.

I am grateful to my friends. They keep me going and on an even keel.

They give my life a sweet meaning and I cherish them. I just wanted you to know.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Butterfly or Hawk

Today is my cousin Robert's birthday. He passed away but I find myself thinking about him often. He was a big guy in so many ways.

I was talking with his mom and she mentioned that she and her daughter thought about Robert as perhaps a hawk. It is easy to picture Robert soaring overhead, keeping watch on those he loved. In my dream book, it says to see and preceive from great heights; powerful; to soar spiritually. Yeah, I can see Robert doing that.

When I make my calenders, I designate someone who has passed with a sticker of a butterfly.

In my dream book, it says rebirth in higher form; transmutation of energy. I believe that fits Robert as well. I am glad I remember Robert. Whether butterfly or hawk, he is still flying high in my book.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Good Morning 2012

Happy New Year to you, World! I have just read a book that is a

real uplift. It is called CHRISTMAS JARS by Jason F. Wright. It is all about a great little tradition that sounds like fun. You get a jar and fill it with your change, a little each day and at the end of the year you give it to someone in need. You don't tell them your name or where you live....you just give it to them. It doesn't matter how much is in the jar. It is the giving that is important.

The best thing about this book is that it is small and a quick read. Try it....it will make you feel good and that is a good way to start a new year.