Clothes are Such Crap

Anah was selected as a candidate for Court Warming again this year, which meant a new dress. She and her mom went shopping and got this quite expensive little dress for a very nominal price. The dress was marked down because the sheer overlay was coming loose from the other fabric.

They brought the frock down on Sunday, and showed me a place that needed to be mended. A little too casually, I agreed to repair it. Oops! Even when I could see really well, I never liked sewing dark colors, black on black or navy on navy like the dress. It is so hard to see. Plus the more I fixed, the more places I found that needed to be fixed. Clothes are such crap these days, shabbily constructed, fabrics that frazzle if you look at them crossly, and they never hang right.

This doesn't mean that I intend to return to sewing. I do admire those of you who make your own clothes. I once made the whole family's clothes, except jeans. But, I can probably skate with the clothes I currently own until I migrate from this planet. One who rarely leaves homes does not wear most of their clothes. My machine sits idle, waiting till someone needs something mended or hemmed.

I'm still rather flummoxed by the crocheting bit. Though the lady who sold me the pattern was kind enough to share some videos of the steps. Maybe someday I'll get it, but that won't be today.

I've been making earrings for my youngest to take to Nigeria with her as gifts for the family she is visiting. That project has been fun.

I have also moved from Botswana to Denmark in my reading. I enjoy Jussi Adler-Olsen's, "Department Q" novels and am now reading "The Hanging Girl.
Should keep me busy in the book arena for a while since it is 504 pages long.

Why not knock out some writing prompts? #27. If you could do anything for work, what would you do? This question has no relevance in my life at this time nor really ever since I did work away from home much. But, if I were living this life over again, I would be a teacher.

28. Write about an accomplishment this month.

I have now been practicing Qigong every morning for three works. A big accomplishment for me not to miss a day because I am seriously random. I like the practice and it has done good things for me both emotionally and physically. I intend to make it a habit.

And, now it is time to relax and read and search for something to watch in the way of video. It is getting late for a nap, but it could happen any way. I definitely want to become supine.


Waiting till it's time to fix lunch and listening to Cassandra Wilson sing Tupelo Honey, st
ill a great song and one that touches my heart.

Grateful that my mood improved because I started out the day being a real grumpy bitch, probably because I didn't sleep well. Which is no excuse, but sometimes it happens. I'm sure more often than the husband appreciates.

Today's sketch, another self portrait, one with which I am more pleased than the last. And, it fulfills my intent to draw every day.

Still lots of snow and cloudy skies. Husband finished another puzzle. He is getting really fast. I'd like to get out but he tells me the roads are so slick that I don't even want to look out there. LOL He should know since he went to town earlier. He probably just doesn't want to pull me out of a ditch somewhere. The roads in town are clear. The road grader came yesterday and graciously scraped off the snow down to the ice and made the road worse. Happens every year. I should be used to this, but am starting to get "cabin fever."

Writing prompt #26. What was your first job?

My mother managed the snack bar at the local bowling alley, and so I snuck in under the radar and when I was 15 (1961) I went to work there with her.

And, now my daughter has arrived to cook the rack of lamb and I think I need to go be of assistance. She needs 1/4 cup of fresh rosemary, now where did I put my clippers?

Blanketed and Bunkered-By Golly It's Winter


Yesterday, it snowed about 6 inches. I am up before daylight, but the dog went out and turned on the motion sensor lights on the deck. So, at 4 a.m. I am running amuck taking pictures.20200124_075931.jpg
The sun did not come out yesterday, it snowed most of the day. Rather enjoyable since I only had to get out to fill one bird feeder and the white stuff was melting under the eaves. Temps weren't bad, right at the freezing mark. Oh, I do love winter!

I've been drawing a bit. A self portrait from yesterday done from a photo. I wasn't really as grumpy as I made myself appear:

A random face:

Kids only had school one day last week, all the others were "snow days." I don't know what they do up at their house, nor do I want to. LOL Their mother works full time now. But, I jest, my grandchildren are amazingly well behaved, if you don't count tidiness.

I know there must be writing prompts. My OCD drives me to complete them:

23. Who are most like in your family. This question would be better answered by them. They would all have different answers. Daughter no. 3 and I most closely resemble each other physically. I think I am just like me.

24. Do you ever feel sad about people you have lost touch with who were once important to you? Certainly. Sometimes I feel angry too. But, mostly it is not something I get overly nostalgic about. What possible good could that produce?

25. What was the last text you received? It was a snapchat because my kids use that most: Can I come down there?

I continue to faithfully perform Qigong every day. Coming up on 3 weeks. I intend to make this a habit. I do, I do, I really really do.

I have completed all three of the pockets for the egg apron. YES!!

I have cooked a couple of times. Being encased in snow makes me hungry. I made butternut squash soup, very comforting. Tomorrow is roasted rack of lamb which Erin is cooking. YES!

The husband is putting together his second jigsaw puzzle of the winter. Long time winter hobby of the whole family.

I talked to my friend who is recovering from chemo; and she is becoming more and more her old self. We laughed at some incredible memories and gloried in being where we were, doing what we did in that other lifetime. At the risk of being trite, the 60' et 70's truly was a great time to be young. "Magic is alive... magic is afoot"... Leonard Cohen

Well enough of that walk down memory lane. I think I will see if something calls to me. If not I'll read, almost at the end of yet another mystery and the lead up to end (there's probably a word for that) is something I enjoy.

I'd Like to Be Sleeping

But though a nap would be great, I haven't had much success with daytime sleeping of late. Though I often fall out at 4, then wake up and 6 and stay up till midnight. Weird sleep patterns, or possibly not weird for me as it seems to be becoming the norm.

Freezing rain and sleet are falling from above. We went to get some groceries and got back just as it was starting. So, plenty of food if we are stuck or don't want to get out. About 3 inches of snow predicted to top off the ice, but it is January in Missouri. I'm pleased it may be only 3 inches.

I've been trying to sketch, but still no joy in that department. That leaves me with the egg apron which is actually moving slowly forward. I really am not having fun making it, so not picking it up often enough. But, I'll get it done before Spring.

And in a sincere effort to stay somewhat abreast of these writing prompts, here are some more:

20. Have your views on love changed since you were a teenager. OMG I would certainly hope so. Over the course of four marriages and numerous lovers I hope I have learned something about what love might really be.

21. Who can you share comfortable silences with? Since my family is the group of people I most often see, they are my candidates. Except maybe for the youngest great grandchild, who wouldn't know a comfortable silence yet, I can be comfortable with any of them.

22. 3 places you want to visit where you live? Surely this is a mistake? or simply badly written? I could say, the bathroom, the kitchen and the bedroom. But, I suppose it means places within the state or area or even the country? Who knows? Who cares?

I'm going to get under a blanket and watch a movie if I can find one that will hold my attention. Perhaps if it is boring enough I actually might fall asleep.

Ice, Baby, Ice

The ice storm came and left its mark. Though I do appreciate sparkling landscape when the sun emerged; I do not like that a large limb broke part of the fence and landed on one of the lilac bushes.

Yesterday the husband ventured out as we had run out of milk and the road was a solid sheet of ice. The trusty rusty Jeep managed to make it off the gravel and the roads in town were mostly clear. Later the sun came out and now most of the ice is gone. I won't miss it.

During the time of Ice-solation I managed to totally reorganize and declutter the closet in the husband's office. All of my yarn is in boxes, sorted by weight and labeled. The challenging part was what to do with the toys. Some of them belonged to my youngest daughter. I allowed myself to keep one teddy bear that was made by my mother and one Care Bear (Grumpy) because he reminds me of Erin in her childhood. Next step is to check with granddaughter and see if she wants any of the castoffs and then donation time. Daughter no. 2 is coming today and she is going to check to see if she wants any of the games or toys. I just want it gone.

Slowly crocheting on the egg apron. Maybe I'll get faster soon. Got out my drawing supplies and hope to get started on some sketches tomorrow. Today is family food day, but keeping it simple. Husband bought an air fryer. I have not, thus far, been impressed with it's capabilities, but today will try some frozen french fries.

Watched some episodes of Wayward Pines which just kept getting weirder and weirder. Watching it on Hulu which I find to be the most difficult of all streaming apps to navigate. I can never get back to where I want to be. Will be asking for assistance from kids when they visit today.

Guess I'll do the writing prompts:

17. Can you accept people for who they are? Absolutely. The good, the bad, the ugly are who they are. I don't have to hang with those I don't enjoy, but accept them, sure.

18. Do you have non relatives you consider family? Of course I do. The young man my daughter semi adopted is as much a grandchild as my biological ones. Through the years I have taken in many folks and brought them into the family. We are all one after all, right?

19. Who knows you the best? I think that no one really knows me, but there are some who sure think they do. A couple of my daughters would swear they know my every thought, but they don't. The husband might know me best, but he wouldn't be able to articulate or act on that, it's just not in him.

It is 11 degrees F outside, so I'll not be going out again today. One more day of frigid weather, then a bit of a warm up. It is nice and warm inside and I've books to read, crocheting to do and a potential sketch in mind, so it's all good.

I Have a Cute Cat Too + Trivial Pursuits

I think Harold is exceptionally cute in this pic. And, since I don't often feel that way, I thought I'd save the moment here.

Yesterday was spent recovering from the trip to the city. Way too much stimulation for this old lady, who spends her time in solitude and quiet surroundings. So, I basically fucked off. Watched some of the new season of Grace and Frankie. Since this will be the last season I didn't binge on it, but strung it out. Also worked on getting caught up on "Vikings", nothing like some brutal sex and violence to spice up the day.

I am glad that I finally bought myself a yarn basket for the living room. At the moment it is filled with books plus the cat toy. The baskets are Fair Trade, made in Africa and there is a leather tag inside with information about the artist. I have wanted one of these for any years and only when we were in a store in the city did I realize that I could actually have one. I simply cannot move past all the years I had to live so frugally it seems. But, I do love the basket, so I am making progress.

I was at last rewarded by making the right number of double crochets for the beginning of the egg apron. How easily skills slip away when we do not practice them.

Today I am somewhat more energized and plan to attack the task of organizing the closet in the husband's office. There are still toys in there that belonged to our youngest who is now 41 plus enough yarn to supply 3 knitters for a considerable amount of time. Who knows what I'll find?

And now for the exciting part of this entry - writing prompts:

15. How comfortable are you meeting new people? Another less than straightforward query. So much depends on environment, circumstances and my own state of mind. Generally, I have not difficulty in meeting new people. I am no longer shy and turn on my extrovert side if I don't have to do it for too long. Of course, since I rarely leave home, the actuality of this happening is slim, so it is not very relevant in my life.

16. Are you a frequent user of Facebook? Define frequent. Yes, I do check it at least once a day to see if any of my children have posted new pics and to check on relatives to live at a distance. Do I hang out there, have chats, post much. NO. I prefer Instagram, but really LJ is my favorite social networking site.

Oh good, I'm caught up again. I do like that the writing prompts keep me posting on a more regular basis. Though why that matters, I have no idea.

The Eyes Have It

Just back from seeing my ophthalmologist who gave me a good report on my eyes. Pressures in the normal range. Everything looking static, just like we like it. Go back in May.

Ate some great Thai food at a favorite restaurant. A good thing about having doctors in the city is getting to eat out.

Having a hard time staying awake so here's the prompt:

14. 3 words that describe you: Brainy, Beautiful, Bitchy...

I hope there is something to eat around here that requires very little effort on my part to access. I am hungry enough to look, but too tired to make much effort.

Lest I Fall Behind

Sundays are nearly always too busy to post in LJ. Family dinner with varying numbers of hungry people. I fried catfish for what seemed like forever. But, admittedly it was delicious. We accompanied the fish with smashed potatoes, kale salad and cornbread. Everyone seemed quite pleased and ate heartily except granddaughter, Lainey, who was having stomach issues. Talked to her mother and she was feeling better this morning, though not excited at having to go back to school. We were all glad that she did not have the dreaded stomach virus that is "going around" in the schools.

I'm still trying to get the first row of crochet to come out correctly. Somehow three times, my count has been off. GRRR.. I don't know how many more times I will rip it out before I abandon the whole damned project. Apparently I still require lessons in Patience.

Today has been quiet. The husband and I cleaned out a couple of cabinets in the laundry room. UGH! It has been centuries since that had been done. I may not live long enough to see it happen again.

And now for the two word prompts.

12. You receive exciting news, who do you tell first? My decision would rely heavily on the content of the news. Most often daughter no. 2 is the first recipient of all good news because she is most likely to respond cheerfully.

13. What qualities do you like least in others? Dishonesty, can't stand liars, followed shortly by lack of compassion. I don't care for gossips, nor loud rude people either. I could go on as there are few qualities I do admire in most humans, which is why I spend most of my time alone. Not to say that I am some shining example of how a human should behave, as I can certainly be not very kind at times. But, I have found that I can't get away from myself, but can escape the formerly mentioned "most humans."

And, now, after crawling around on the floor cleaning out the bottom cabinet, I think a long hot bath is in order. Eye doc appointment tomorrow, so it is best to be clean and tidy if possible.

Haunted House Update + those word prompts

I took the haunted house down from its perch and looked at it for a while. Decided to hang a couple of curtains. I have an ancient diaper that have used for a rag for nearly 40 years. It is a great rag. And I found it made some pretty good curtains for the house.

I have some paving to do around front and some more painting, but would like to feel as if it is complete ( as finished as might be possible.)

Oh, and the word prompts:

9. What hobbies would you like to try? Oh lord, this one is a challenge. I've had so many hobbies already, the field is narrow. So, I'll go with water color.

10. A type of food you really hate: I'm tired of sitting here trying to think of something; which leads me to believe, that since nothing stands out, I must be quite tolerant in the food arena. I could be said to hate spicy food because it hurts my stomach, but I do like the way it tastes.

11. Do you prefer a small or a large group of friends? Easy. Small. Very small, tiny, wee, itty bitty, like one on one.

And now, I'm caught up.

The ice did show up and I as look up, I see the snow has begun now.

I appreciate a big pot of soup, all done.

Hunkered down till the storm blows through. Crocheting next on my agenda.

Double Up While Waiting for Bad Weather

7. Something that annoys you.

Too bad it didn't ask for someone who annoys you, then I could simply said: my husband. After nearly 50 years there are any number of things he does that annoy me, but I will go with leaving his dirty dishes on the counter when the dishwasher is right there. I cannot grasp why he cannot simply bend down and put his dishes in there. Somehow, he just doesn't.

8. Something new you tried this week. Since I can't remember the first day I started Qigong, I'm going to say it was this week that I started, and it may well have been Monday. I am still super pleased with adding this practice to my day, and still hope to make it a daily experience.

On the weather front, snow forecasts still looking yucky, up to 6 inches some say and with ice underneath. I am actually looking forward to it as I have to do that requires going out and a good snowstorm makes for time to cuddle under a blanket with a book or a movie.

Yesterday was actually quite nice with warm temps and lunch out. I especially enjoyed the lemon blueberry scone with a cup of chamomile tea.

Today feels like a good time to do some house tidying. I may also start working on a egg gathering apron for my oldest granddaughter, a cute thing and quite practical. It is crocheted and my skills in that area are rusty, but the pattern is simple enough.

And hey, it is Friday for all of you to whom that matters. Being old, one day is much like another for me.