November 21st, 2016


50 Day Question Challenge 2016 - Day 9

9. What makes you feel accomplished?

Just completing any task, doesn't even have to be something big these days. I've  been programmed for production since childhood, been told if I'm not doing something, making something, cleaning, or working then  I'm worthless. Younger days I rarely sat down, didn't know how to relax, but I'm learning that much smaller less active activities can bring a sense of accomplishment too.


Birthday Busyness, Death, and Turkey Day

On Saturday my four daughters took me out to lunch at a favorite little restaurant about 20 miles away. We've been getting together to do this for several years and it works out well. We take no men and no children and get along just fine on our own. I got some great presents already even though my bday isn't until Wednesday. Nikki gave me set of zombie cookie cutters, got a great vintage platter from Ingrid, cool houseshoes from the husband and the girls all went together and gave me a membership to ancestry. com so I can catch up on genealogy during the winter.

As we were driving to lunch Erin got a call from her cousin to tell her that her grandmother had died. While she is my brother's daughter, this was the grandmother from the other side. She was 91 so had lived a long a productive life and was loved by many. We spent Monday morning making food and then took it over that afternoon. Services are tomorrow.

Yesterday and today I made bread for the dressing. Though we aren't having Turkey Day dinner here, I still do the turkey, dressing and gravy and then haul it over to whoever's house we're going to that year. This year the honors go to my oldest daughter, Kelli. It's her first time as Erin has been hosting it for the last several years. Not my favorite holiday. We are having a very small turkey, a brisket, and a ham so all the carnivores should be replete. We always have so much food, it's rather ridiculous, but at least we all get leftovers for the next day.

I've been having fun today working on my family tree which really needed cleaning up, lots of duplicates and a number of errors. Also quite a bit of new info since I haven't worked on it in a while.

They've put the first beam on the new house, more progress.

I haven't knitted in days, too much going on. Maybe later.

That's about it from this part of the planet.

I cried about Standing Rock this morning, gosh this world is sure turning sour for me.


50 Day Question Challenge 2016 - Day 10

10. What’s your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?

"Harold and Maude" gets the honors in the movie category. Though I haven't watched it in years, I can still hear the music. Maude epitomized everything I wanted to be when I got old. I'm not all she was, but I'm still a seeker, a lover of life. I'm enough. The music, the message, and the characters of that movie are impressed in my memories until I have none left.