Friday, July 30, 2021

the way I see it... my thoughts on a controversial issue

I woke up this morning with thoughts running through my head about the Covid vaccination controversy. Something I read on Facebook by someone's daughter had stuck in my mind. She wrote about how she feels about those who vaccinate and those who don't. It was well written and explained her feelings on respecting other's choices, etc.

And I agreed with most of what she said. But... my cousin left a comment that was 'spot on' in my opinion. It basically said that "your  right to stretch out your arm ends where my nose begins". 

Yes, you have the right to make health decisions that concern yourself, but when these decisions create a danger to others (hurt or possibly kill), this right no longer applies (IMO).

I do respect a person's right to make health decisions for themselves, so if you don't want to be vaccinated, that is fine. But take responsibility for this decision... and don't go around others and possibly inadvertently spread this virus... or at least wear a mask as a precaution.

I was hesitant when the vaccine first came out (probably everyone was), but I came to the conclusion that if it was all we had to try to stop this virus, then it was a necessary risk

If someone got sick or died because of me, I'm not sure I could handle that. I know that neither the vaccine nor wearing a mask is 100% effective, but at least I know that by utilizing these resources, I'm doing everything I can to prevent the spread. 

We don't know a lot about this virus, but we're learning, and we do know that the possibility of spreading it is there for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. We know that some have only mild symptoms, but... some face hospitalization and death. We do know this!  I will continue to wear a mask even though I'm vaccinated - if only to lower the risk (it seems a small price to pay that could possibly save someone's life).

600,000 deaths in the U.S. alone. You may question the validity of the numbers, but that is irrelevant in my book. Some people do die. That is a fact... a fact our doctors and nurses see every day. Wouldn't you want to do everything you can to avoid this happening? Or does it have to happen to someone dear to you to get the message home?

I know that everyone will not agree with me. That is OK. I just wanted to clarify my thoughts on the way I see it. Writing it down always help me understand my priorities.

Thanks for reading. And just for clarity... I do know that some people cannot be vaccinated (or wear a mask) due to medical issues. I understand this. And since we can never know what is going on with that masked or unmasked person - IMO it is best not to judge... 

Hugs (still virtual),


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Reading list disappeared yesterday and still gone today???

My reading list has disappeared!  Has anyone else had this problem?

I always used to go to my reading list on the left bottom of my screen, now it only gives me a running blue line???

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

bad weekend, bobcats on the prowl, and crepes!

This past weekend is one I would not want to ever happen again. Seems as though every time someone wants to help "fix" something, it turns out making it worse. At least this is what happened to me. A new doctor decided to have me try a new med to see if it would help a condition I have lived with for years.  Did it help? No! It made things a lot worse... a lot worse... so much so that I seriously considered going to the ER Friday night. 

What happened was that I had a severe reaction to the new meds (or at least that's what we think happened).

And don't ever get sick on a Friday afternoon as there are no doctors available! The offices close (or at least ours do) at noon on Friday. But I finally got one office to call in a Rx... and that seemed to do the trick. 

I felt bad all weekend, but by Monday, things were better... and I got to see our family physician. She's running some tests, but the possibility of it being a reaction to the meds is very real. 


Next are a few pictures of bobcats in our neighborhood. The first two were taken by our next door neighbor Tuesday evening on the fence between our properties. She sent us the text and pictures. 

And the next 2 are ones she had sent a while back when her husband went outside and the bobcat was in the tree behind their house hissing at him.

These cats are actually beautiful... and quite large. Most have some spots and have curly hair on their ears. You can't see this well in these pics as no one wanted to get too close. But... we came across one while walking in a nearby park a while back.  It ran almost up to us, saw us, and took off. They are generally not a danger to people, but can be to small animals, pets or feral.


DH's birthday is a few days after mine in July, so we generally celebrate with one cake. Since we didn't do anything special (except go to Ham's Peach Orchard), we didn't even get a cake this year. But son and granddaughter came by with a little bundt cake and an invitation to go out to dinner one night... 

birthday bundt cake

And DH and I went to breakfast at a crepe shop we like nearby. This was the very first time we've been to an actual restaurant since the pandemic started. We wore our masks inside ordering, but planned to sit on their outside patio. However, the outside patio was packed... and the inside was empty... so we chose to sit inside. Still it was a breakthrough for us. 

birthday crepes

DH had a 'lemon blueberry crepe' and I had my usual 'plain jane'... which just has cinnamon sugar dusted on top.

And I guess that's the news here. Thanks for dropping by! The days seem to be flying by this summer. Can't believe it's almost August and the kids will be going back to school in about 2 weeks. Life is so strange lately and I wonder if it always will be from now on.

Have been reading, binge-watching, and playing 2 games on the Nintendo switch (Animal Crossing and Cozy Grove)... besides usual house maintenance and cooking.  Trying to get back to proofing my sequel, but haven't been up to it - so it may not be ready until the Fall. Hard to be motivated these days - not sure why. 

I did order an essential oil diffuser from Amazon and have been using it at night with lavender oil.  It does seem to help me relax and sleep - if not straight through the night - a least more so than before. I generally don't have trouble sleeping, but mine is interrupted so much during the night for BR visits due to my IC. And I sent a diffuser to my daughter also as she does have trouble sleeping (and has a stressful job). 

OK, it's Wednesday... not much left to the week. Wishing you all a good quiet peaceful rest of the week. 

Hugs (virtual), 


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Eataly's in the mall + adorable kitty dish towels...

We went back to walk the mall this week and I took a few more pictures inside Eataly's....

Sign inside Mall

Coffee Bar in Eataly

Fresh Bread area

One of many cheese areas

Pastry area

Where they make the fresh pasta

fresh pasta area

fresh pasta products

Fresh pasta counter

Gelato area

fresh prosciutti

fresh prosciutti

biscotti tins

more biscotti

other tins

fresh veggies 

I had originally put these pictures on smaller, but you really couldn't appreciate the store as well... so I enlarged them. We were there right after 10 am, so there's no pics of the pizza area or some of the large Italian food areas (like the Calizones, etc.) because they hadn't put the lunch food out yet. It goes out at 11am. And there are rows and rows of candy, olives and pickles, sauces, coffees, wines, etc. on 2 floors.

Anyway, it's a neat store and one interesting to walk through when walking the mall. So far we have only sampled their coffee, hot chocolate, gelato, pizza,... and granddaughter tried their olives (I don't like olives). We hope to take home some focacia bread and try their home-made pasta eventually.



just had to show you the adorable dish towels my daughter sent us:

so-oo cute!

That's it for today.  Thanks again for visiting. 
I love that I can share this with you. 
I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea...
thanks anyway!

Hugs (virtual),


Sunday, July 11, 2021

chicken salad video, peach torte, ancestry, and other nonsense...

OK, I'm going to try to post this strange amateur video I made for my friend in New Orleans. She and I were room-mates in college and Skype each Sunday, send each other funny selfies, etc. Her memory is better than mine... and although we have the same basic values, we are on opposite sides of the political scene. 

But we talk about it and don't get upset with each other, it seems to come down to what you believe is the truth... and trust. I try to respect her view and she tries to respect mine. The funny thing is that we both want the same outcomes (to a point), but we disagree on how to get there. 

I find the world no longer knows what "truth" is. And I'm not sure why that is. People blame the Media and maybe it is at fault, I don't know. We almost have too much communication from all different sources these days, no one know what is true and what is not.  

She is not as trusting as me... when it comes to lots of things. With me it's a choice I made a long time ago. I know one must be cautious, but I do choose to trust. I find that even though I know it's risky, I find it difficult to be happy if I can't trust (but that's me). She understands, but wants proof of everything... feels like no one takes the time and effort to prove what they say is true. And I do say that I go with my gut (as I'm sure many do) which is not infallible, but my gut has served me well these last 76 years.  

There are times when red warning lights go off in my brain and I know that this is someone not to be trusted. It hasn't happened often, but when it does, it's significant. 

Anyway, I didn't plan to get into all this.  Just wanted to post this amateur video of me making chicken salad. How it came about was she and I were texting Saturday morning and I was in the process of making this for supper. So I thought I might just sit my phone down and video my putting it together and send it to her. 

Oh... well, it won't let me download it. It's only 1 minute long, but it says it's size is over the limit???  No biggie.... (talk about warming you up to something and then dropping the ball).


Well, we did get to the peach orchard, so today I made a peach torte from a recipe I got from a dear friend who passed away in 2011. She and I traded recipes, met for tea, and walked in the park every week before she left us. Every time I make one of her recipes or use something she gave me, I wonder if she sees me and realizes how much she meant to me. I hope so.

peach torte


And now my latest Ancestry DNA...  

Nothing we didn't know... well, I was not aware of the Scotland part.... although when we went to England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and France in 1998 and 1999, Scotland was our favorite place. The people were so-oo friendly.  My father and his father were raised in England... but before that, we knew their family came from Ireland (O'Regan) at some point.  My grandmother was from London (Eleanor Fredericka King). Guess that whole area is so close, it's possible there's some Scottish blood there too. I do like the idea...


I'm going to close this for today. I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and are ready to start another fun-filled week (I don't recommend watching the news).  But thank you for visiting, be good to yourself, and use the time to make someone smile! And stay safe! This pandemic is not over - although some are acting like it is. 

Hugs (virtual), 



Hugs (virtual),

Monday, July 5, 2021


This week is my 76th birthday.  I happen to be looking on my blog to see exactly when I started blogging in place of journaling on a website.  I found the following... which I believe was my first post back in 2012:

"It is Monday, June 18, 2012.  Having just googled my old post to see what came up... I decided that the title "For Better or For Worse, but not for lunch" was apparently too popular.  So I've now changed it to "Older but better...?"  But you can find my older posts there.  I probably should have googled this title also before starting to write, but as the saying goes, "coulda, shoulda, woulda.... didn't".

This was me in school around 1954 or 55.  Life was simple then.  It gradually got more complicated... and less simple.  But it was always good.  Don't mean to imply that things were always wine and roses, but my philosophy then (even if I hadn't formulated it into words back then) was "what is... is, and I can handle it". And that philosophy continues to work for me today at the grand old age of approaching 67.

I have blogged or had a website for many many years.  Previous to this I journaled by hand, but when online journaling became popular (maybe 12 or more years ago), I went with it.  Sometimes I regret it as many of my websites disappeared over the years, some can still be brought up, and there are quite a few out there... the most recent having been Cats, Coffee, and Chocolate.  But this particular site was to be devoted to the new experience and adventure into retirement. 

Hubby retired the summer of 2009 and took to it more readily than I had expected. Having retired from my career field back in 1991, I've only worked part time in recent years; however arriving at full retirement age was something I both anticipated and feared.

So many unknowns.  Would we have enough money to live on?  Would we miss the routine we had established over the years?  Would we miss our working family and friends?  Would we get bored?  Would we like being home together 24/7?  Etc. Etc. Etc.   And then there's Social Security, and Medicare, and Supplements....

Anyway, if you want to read the first posts during these awkward months, you will have to go back to "For Better or for Worse" and "Cats, Coffee, and Chocolate".  As now it is almost the first anniversary of both of us being home and retired.  August 12, 2011 was my last day at the bookstore... which is where I spent the last 5 years of mornings. Loved it!  Love books, love people who love books, write books, read books, etc.  So it was a good match.  But have to say this also.... I love being retired!

It has worked out well.  We both have our own routines.  Love being able to do what I want when I want...  (limited some by budget of course, but not by time).  Will go into more of this tomorrow.  Have to close for today. "

It's always interesting to read what one wrote years ago. Sometimes when I read old letters that I wrote to my parents or old letters my now grown kids wrote to me in their younger years, I have to laugh.  Recently I read one of these letters and had to turn to DH and ask, "Did you know this? I don't remember this." 

So... it looks like June, 2022 will be my 10th year blogging. Not sure that is pertinent, but interesting to me. The only negative thing I can think about blogging (in place of jounaling - in a journal) is that like texting (in place of writing letters), you no longer have the physical proof if your post/text is lost in cyberspace. But... blogging is a bit more interactive. It does give you not only the experience of putting down your thoughts, but also the possibility of others commenting. And I have found that some of the comments are more interesting than the post itself. 

So feel free to comment. I know my blog is not as interesting as some... and pretty mundane. But I enjoy sharing my thoughts and experiences (such as they are).  Reading or listening to what others think and feel is educational in my book.

Closing this with a hope that everyone had a nice relaxing 4th! We didn't do much... I made chocolate chip muffins and DH got us some Popeye's chicken! It was enough.  

Daughter sent me this picture of watching the rain from her porch in the hill country.  I like it... very peaceful.

Hugs (virtual),

Friday, July 2, 2021

a change of plans...

Our laptop crashed Monday right after my last blog posting. So off it went to the Geek Squad at Best Buy's. We finally got it back Thursday afternoon.

And Tuesday (which was when we planned to go to Ham's Peach Orchard) was rainy when we got up, so we decided to postpone that little excursion until next week.  

Instead we headed for the Mall and Eataly's again for walking and coffee. Granddaughter came with us. She decided to try some coconut gelato this time... while I had my espresso hit and DH had his black coffee.


Since we didn't have our laptop this week, we couldn't do our online curbside pickups...  so grocery shopping got postponed too. I mean, we could have gone to the grocery and shopped inside with our masks on, but we 've gotten so spoiled with online shopping that we really didn't want to... unless fixing the laptop was going to take longer than expected.  Luckily it didn't. 

And I have to admit too that that awful tragedy in Florida where that Condo collapsed has taken a lot of my attention this week. How could that have happened?  Watching the video on TV is so appalling...  it almost defies belief.  I continue to pray that they will find more people alive (as hopeless as it seems when you see the devastation).  But miracles do happen...  and I'm certainly praying for one. 

I know this is short, but just wanted to let people know that I haven't  kept up with blogs or made comments these lasts few days due to our laptop problem. But hopefully that is fixed now and life 'as we know it these days' can resume. 

Also...  when dusting today, I came across my old critter chess set we made as a clay project years ago. I still like it... (although it's a bit rough).

 clay chess set

close up of chess pieces

I made the King and Queen (center) a dog and cat, Bishops were  rats, Knights were rabbits, Rooks were snakes... and Pawns were birds. It was a fun project (although it took a bit of time).

Well, stay safe... and have a good weekend!

Hugs (virtual),