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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The New Generation

When I look at the list of actors on TV shows I am struck by the changes that have come about. I grew up on a time of Fan magazines being about Movie Stars. My Granddaughters Emma Rose and Anabelle live in a time when people I haven't heard of are starring in TV shows. Now a Celebrity doesn't have to do anything to be a celebrity though I'll bet they will say they work hard for their money, witness the reality show people. They may be acting but if they are it certainly doesn't show. My grandbabies will be seeing "Celebrities" like the Kardashians, the New Jersey Nothings, people who are trying to win money by getting engaged, and people who are seeing who can lose the most weight on an island. And these are Celebrities.

There was a time when I would have liked Tom Cruise. After all he has made a ton of money in movies. But there is so much media coverage of the actors that it is really hard to like any of them. People who jump on sofas and believe their kids are aliens tend to turn me off. Recording persons who talk to music and don't sing don't ring my chimes. People who continually get the spotlight by being stupid Jacka--es and by being drug users, guzzlers, etc. aren't my cup of tea. People who tout violence as a way of life-Dog, Repo, etc. are so far from my ability to understand that I actually can ignore them. And "Real Housewives" who aren't wives just leave me cold.

I am afraid to see what will be on the telly for Emma Rose and Anabelle to see in the future. Will they be able to tell a real star from a fake one? Is there such a thing any more?

I watched Oprah, her bald spinoff, Jerry Springer, Ricky Lake, and Maury a few times and I have decided that even the talk show people who purport to be doing good are often self serving and opinionated. You know, I think that may just leave me with Martha Stewart. OMG

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This hairdo

This hairdo on my granddaughter Anabelle just blows me away. What a joyful face and how the hairdo fits it. Times are so simple then. When you are two. And the joy is catching.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hard to stop

So I have lots of new vistas in the house and around it. Like the new mailbox we-he put up today. The other one was knocked off the stand and broken like Humpty Dumpty. So we got a new stand, a new box, and up it went today. How wonderful it looks. No duck tape.

And instead of the hummingbird feeders which leaked and drew ants, we now have hanging baskets of flowers. So pretty on the back deck with the ferns.

And now that I have new curtains in the den, it looks like some of the other windows might need them. And I am going to break with tradition and do away with the mini and maxi blinds and I am going to use sheers. I know that the typical 2 story Ktown house must have mini blinds and the newer ones must have the plantation shutters. I am not someone who must do what everyone else does. So sheers it is.

And I lucked into finding a paint color for the kitchen. I went to buy the paint but forgot the folder of colors. I mistakenly thought I would be quickly able to spot the colors I needed at the store. Ha!!!!! But the colors I came home with will be perfect for the kitchen. I had been agonizing over the choice for a couple of years. So now I know serendipity can be a good friend.

So after I paint the kitchen I already have planned some more changes, like new cabinet hardware, new light fixtures, and a dimmer switch in the eating area. See, like I said, it's hard to stop.

Friday, June 18, 2010


This is a picture of my baby holding her baby.I don't know which of us did better work.

I am so pleased to say that at the present time, my life is OK. I have to go to home depot today to get a new mailbox. Again some vandals knocked of the existing one and broke it. We have had 5 mailboxes in the 20+ years we have lived here. And I think a cast iron one is maybe the right idea. Anyway. I love going to the depot, any excuse.
And I think I will just enjoy the trip/ by the way, what's fun about knocking down a mailbox? I just don't know.

It has been stiflingly hot here in the southern states for the last 2-3 weeks. And it is actually August-like weather. Can anyone say global warming? I ran into a guy several months ago that actually got over the top on the subject. He claims there is no global warming. It's a good thing for him that he is not trying to stay alive atop an ice floe.

My whole family is in Jacksonville, Fl right now. I wish I could be there too. My 3 wonderful kids, spouses, and grandkids would make me very happy. Though the beach might go a long way to improving my happiness factor. Water-- is there anything better?

Monday, June 14, 2010

There is always more

I have spent a lot of time on the computer lately looking at pictures like the one I just posted. I have already mentioned the changes in the house that have been made. And I have made some minor changes in other rooms. But I haven't figured out how to get the high ceilings needed for a beautiful chandelier in the dining room. At least, I can't think how to do it without getting another new roof. Or doing away with the second floor of the house. But then where would I sleep? Sometimes ideas seem to take on a life of their own.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

It doesn't take much

Evidently it doesn't take much to make me happy. Just a new roof, a new deck, grass in the back yard, a new window, a newly pressure washed house, and moving the whole den around to look bigger. I don't even want to go into the work these things took, mostly because I didn't do much of it. I did move some furniture and the terrific signif other did the biggest part. Not without a bit of grousing.

Anyway, some of the things were repairs and others of the changes were just for a change. But have you ever noticed that if you change one thing, something else needs to be changed and then something else, etc? And then there are other things that would look better after some work and a lot of money. And if you watch HGTV there are at least 100 more things that could be done.

But the results rule!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Time passes

My dear heart, my Shadow, is getting older now. She is 13 years old. She has had several tumors. Her hearing is quickly fading. She has a hard time getting up and down. I love her desperately. I hope that I can continue to make her comfortable. As long as it takes.