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Thursday, August 26, 2010


By the way, you can pet my cat. She meows when her head is rubbed and purrs when you rub her belly. Since cats shed and I have a problem with cat hair, she is my virtual cat. Sorry, I haven't named her yet.

My day out

Despite the soaring temps this summer I have managed to get out. But I waited till the soaring temps soared a little less. I have a habit of thinking of stuff I want to do and then not doing it. I can't say how many books I have bought over the years to make jewelry, dolls, and other crafts. I have made a few things. Most weren't so good so I quit. I sort of left out the part about getting better with practice.

One of the plans I am putting into place is getting out of the house for a day trip. I don't necessarily need to be gone all day. But I do want some stimulation. The other plan involves working in the studio. So for my first day trip I decided to check out the craft and art stores in town. Sort of combining the two plans.

It's amazing what can be found in a craft store now. I've been doing a lot of shopping online and it is a quick and easy do. But in wandering through the craft stores, I got more new ideas and found products I never knew existed. I have seen many new things on the blogs but being able to touch things puts a whole new perspective on things.

I am announcing that my first day out has been a success.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Time off

It's just another day in Paradise. I've heard it but I don't know what it means. If I'm in paradise, I'm terminally happy and what's to get tired of?

I have been not working for about 2 years now. Recently retired. And I can pretty much plan my days as I see fit. I don't go out a lot. I have a few friends but I'm definitely not a social butterfly. I can clean the house in a short time because we don't use most of it. Sounds like paradise?

Well, don't be fooled. When there are no demands on your time and no regular places to be, it's hard to get excited about anything. I have been staying home lately because it's just so darned hot outside that I perspire before I get anywhere and then feel yucky while I'm there. But I have to say, I must change in order to not grow old.

I think back to the places I wanted to go when I was working. No, I haven't been to any of them since my last job ended. I don't know why. I do have a bad back but it is so much better lately that there is no excuse. I have several shops that I have wanted to visit. Of course with a limited income, I can't do a shopping spree. But there are gifty shops and galleries and antique stores and resale shops and lots of others that I enjoy. And I haven't gone to the air conditioned mall nearby in over a year.

So I have come up with a plan to enlarge my life. There are several places nearby to visit for worship. There are wonderful shops and even good touristy things to do. I am going to plan an excursion one day a week, every week till forever. I will maybe arrange to go to several things in the same area. Or I will organize a picnic for just me.(He works) And then I can go see some parks or something. Maybe I can sketch or paint while I'm there.

And because I need stimulation I will arrange a day to work in the studio, no excuses. I know it helps to have the spirit move me. But sometimes I have to permit myself to forget other things in the house and just concentrate on my needs. How does that sound?

I have a wardrobe full of clothes and accessories acquired while working. I have no big events to wear them to so my trips out will enable me to use them. I have heard of many people retiring and dying soon after. I often wonder if we forget how to order our lives when fulfilling the needs of others. I am going to try to avoid that dying thing by putting more life into my life.

Monday, August 16, 2010

It's a new week

It's a new week. Monday. The beginning. Time to start------something. I'm sure I planned to start something. And it's sure to be something big. Like looking for where I left my memory.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A complaint

I have a short complaint. After the onslaught of reality tv shows, new movie actors, and people who just like to pose for the camera, I realize I don't know anymore who is a star, who is a true celebrity, and who just wants to be.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010


I wish I could turn back time. I wish I could be much more laid back and not so easily intimidated. I wish I could build a wall around my feelings that would protect them. I wish I could have a place to escape to when I need it. I wish I could get my mind to obey when I want it to turn off. I'm 65 now and I find myself still subject to the same fears and bad thoughts that have plagued me till now. At least one thing has improved. I am no longer afraid of being alone.