Am I That Old?

It’s March 31, 2014 – they say “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. This 2014 March lion has so far not revealed a lamb; at least not here in the Midwest. I thought I bared the winter relatively well. But, now I’m beginning to unravel. I need to see some signs that spring is on the way! I take that back… there are some signs that spring is on the way. I guess for me it’s just not happening fast enough. It’s still cold! OK … that’s going to be the extent of my complaining for today!

Tomorrow is April fool’s day.  Should I construct a plan to fool the boys? I think not because they will not get it nor will they think it funny. When I was a kid in school we’d get a big kick out of playing jokes on people on April 1st.  But times have changed. Recently I gave my baby g- boy a couple of old pagers. I had to explain what a pager was and how it was used to all 3 boys.  In that explanation I mentioned that we would go to the nearest pay phone and return the calls. Uh…ooh I’m in deep now…’ cause the next question was “what’s a pay phone?” then “what does a phone booth look like”. Can you believe it? waaay back in my day you actually stuck your finger into a rotary dial turned it around to dial a number… you guessed it- “ what is a rotary dial?” OMG am I really that old?  Then out of the bluemy little g-boy asked if I knew Henry Ford. Ok, that’s it….I’m  aging way too fast. This retirement thing which involves spending quality time with my g-kids is a hoot!  Gotta love ‘em.

Grandchildren are the sunshine of life.

Today I had the pleasure of spending the day with my youngest grandson. He’s been dealing with an asthma issue since the day before so Mom wanted him to rest, take it easy today and get better. He came to my home with his breathing machine, his netbook and a zillion questions.

Over the weekend I created a list of tasks and a few projects I want to complete this week. Here it is Wednesday…. its coming to a close and I’ve only cross through two tasks.

My baby boy is quite the talker. He’s a wordsmith with an extensive vocabulary. He always has a lot to say and even more questions to ask. So I knew it was going to be a challenge to get anything done on my list today. I did however have a couple of tricks up my sleeve. In my old house he had a toy bin that he liked to pull out and play with the all the toys whenever he visited. Today I gave a few clues and had him look for the bin. Since he’s last seen it I’ve added some new toys plus three or four pairs of inexpensive sunglasses. Like his grandmother he loves sunglasses in different colors and shapes. Of course he found it and was having a great time reminiscing with the old toys and discovering the new. I thought while he was occupied it would be a good time for me to quickly stich up a couple of throw pillow covers.

That lasted a few minuets before he was by my side asking how, why and where did I get a sewing machine.  He wanted to learn how to sew, he wanted to learn how the machine works and had a ton of other questions.  So out goes the list.  We spent the afternoon sewing on the sewing machine. He had a blast and was so proud of his practice piece which was just lines and lines of stitches and the other piece of material where he stitched his initial.

I didn’t get very much accomplished on my list BUT I did spend a wonderful day with a cute little boy who melts my heart.

Grandkids and the sunshine of life!

Better Than I Imagined

I’m just about settled in, and loving it. I was a little apprehensive about moving from a home to an apartment. After all, I’m no longer that twenty something young woman who could and would move at a drop of a hat. I am A Grown Woman who has lived in her single family home for twenty plus years and has accumulated a lifetime worth of not only “stuff” but precious memories.  Don’t get me wrong I was looking forward to the weight of responsibilities being lifted from my shoulders. Apartment living affords you the luxury of calling maintenance for most of your household issues. No lawn care, leaf raking, gutter cleaning, heating/air care, to be concerned with.

I was however a little uneasy about security, privacy, noise and neighbors. So far my apartment community and neighbors have been wonderful. I pulled a police call report on the apartment residents that I found interesting and was pleasantly surprised that all rated very well – no major crime, burglary or crazy police calls etc. The police person I spoke with at the precinct gave all the places thumbs up. That said… I take nothing for granted. I was born and raised in a large metropolitan city so I will continue to keep my guard up and do my part in keeping myself safe. There are four apartment units in each two story building. Each apt has its own entry much like the entry to my home. I can personalize it with plants, wind chimes and such. The only purpose to walk up my little walkway would be to visit me. Each apt. has corner views with a balcony or on the lower levels I’d call it a porch.  When you enter my unit the entry door is on the ground level  you come up an open carpeted stair case and volar…. you’re in my place. The sound proofing in this place is excellent I do not hear my neighbors their TV, music, talking or movements. When I’m blogging it’s not unusual to sit with my laptop sans the distractions of music or TV and in this apt as in my home it’s very peaceful and quiet.

So far this apartment living is off to a good start!

Give a call to a loved one that you haven’t spoken to in a while.

Hi!

I’m back on-line. It seems like I’ve been away for a long time. Actually a good bit of time has elapsed since my last blog. I took the time to focus on THE MOVE and that proved to be more difficult then I estimated. But as they say “at the end of the day” it’s done and quickly becoming a memory.

When I was a twenty something young woman I moved often, always looking for the next newest, best place. I remember talking to a wise older woman and she said  ”never move in the winter. The winter is the time to hunker down wherever it finds you. Moving in the spring, summer or even in the fall will prove a more successful and prosperous moving experience.”  Well this is the first move where I didn’t take the old woman’s read that Grown Woman advice… I moved and cross country in the dead of winter and it was a huge challenge. There were weather delays, truck packing issues and various other stresses. Rather than hash them over – I’m going to rejoice in the fact that it’s over, done, accomplished, completed, finished!

Treat someone you love extra special today!