And climb the stairs to the beach...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Morning Folks 10 20 08

Morning Folks.

Last week was not the best week for us. As many of you know already, Ed ended up in the hospital for 5 days with a nasty staph infection in his elbow after tripping in the parking lot and landing on his elbow. We went to the ER last Sunday night, 4 days after he fell, his arm swollen to twice its size and very sore. They admitted him right away and started massive doses of IV antibiotics immediately. But, all's well that ends well, and now he's home and well on his way to a full recovery. He should be back to work on Wednesday if the docs give him permission. But that was last week.

This week, on the other hand, has started off just great. It is beautiful here, much warmer than usual with temps in the 70s and 80s. But, we have some chilly nights and the leaves are beginning to turn. TN has some pretty foliage, but nothing like the colors of Massachusetts. The maples are so beautiful and everything is just so vivid. I asked Bill to send me some Autumn pix, since I won't be seeing the trees in person this year, and he was very accommodating.

Here is my Billy. (He lets us call him that now.) He was in a department store flyer when he was not quite a year old modeling a snowsuit, but hasn't done any modeling since then. I think he may have missed his calling, don't you?
How lovely New England is in the Fall. These are some really pretty shots of a spot I love in Sudbury.
This is the Grist Mill in Sudbury, a beautiful spot to photograph. You may have seen it on a calendar or two over the years. An episode of the old TV show Spencer for Hire was shot here. Spencer and his girlfriend were on a picnic in the scene. And there was a scene in a Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin movie done here as well. And, this is also known as the local lover's lane. At night they light it up and it is really very pretty, especially when the wheel is turning. They still grind corn and wheat here. It is a very romantic spot.

And here is Bill and his sweetheart Kim. They had a picnic for Kim's birthday, which was Sunday.
And what do we have here?

Bill proposed to Kim at the Grist Mill Sunday, and she said yes! He gave her a beautiful solitaire set in platinum and he picked it out himself. I am thrilled and so is he, of course. I already consider Kim a member of the family, but soon it will be official. I will have a daughter, finally. Doug will have a sister-in-law and Billy will have a wife. We will keep you posted when we know the date.

Congratulations, Bill and Kim. You were made for each other.

Have a wonderful week. I know I will!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Morning Folks October 7 2008

I hope you are riding out the Wall Street roller coaster okay. I am really stressed by it, while Ed seems to be taking it in stride. Because of all of this I am watching more news on TV than I ever have so I have come to the conclusion that the TV Newscasters are the cause of my stress. My natural tendency is to bury my head in the sand about things over which I have no control, but Dianne Sawyer and her friends will not let me do that this time.

The news. I feel like every one of them is telling us to just hunker down and don't leave your house, don't buy anything. Life as we know it is over. Everyone will be out of work, there will be no gas for the cars in which we are all living and we will all be in bread lines, until there is no more bread.

But these same news programs that tell us all of this doom and gloom show ads from sponsors who, from the news reports, should be closing their doors any minute. I watch these ads on TV for furniture stores and restaurants, car dealerships and condos, vacations and jewelry, etc., and wonder 'What Are they Thinking?' Are they not watching the news?

So, today, I will be repeating my mantra over and over. All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well. That mantra comes from Dame Julian of Norwich who was an English mystic who lived in the 14th century.

She spoke to God so we really should believe her. Interesting little factoid about this woman is that she is the one attributed to first comparing God to good Mothers and referred to God with both Male and Female pronouns. What a dame!

So, if things are getting to you, too, just think of that mantra and join with me today.

I will visualize lavender fields and lovely things and say it over and over.

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

I will be repeating it this mornig while I am on th golf course.

Have a great day!



Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Morning Folks 10 01 08

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit, y'all. I goofed and forgot. How about you? If you forgot, also, you don't have to worry about a month of less than wonderful luck. To fix it, just say Tibbar, Tibbar, Tibbar and jump backwards 3 times. Then do your rabbits and your October will be lucky.

Recent Revelations

Do you remember Perry Como? For those of you of my generation and younger, he was a cute (for an old guy) singer, very popular in the 50s; a crooner of Italian descent who never ran with the rat pack. He had a real nice guy image from my 7 year old's perspective. I remember he used to wear cardigan sweaters with his sleeves rolled up to about 3/4 length.
I had a crush on him but gave him up for Gregory Peck, whose picture came in my first wallet. (I told everyone Gregory was my boyfriend. Talk about a May and December romance.) But mostly I remember the fun songs Perry recorded because my Dad used to sing them and taught a lot of them to us. Catch a Falling Star was a real favorite and fun for my sisters and me to harmonize to. "There's No Boat, Like a Row Boat", "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive", "Chi Baba Chi Baba" and my all time favorite "Hot Diggity".

For 50 years I have sung that song with these words: Hot Diggity Dog Diggity, Boom, what you do to me". But Ed and I were listening to his favorite 50s station and there was Perry singing that old favorite. But, what a revelation when we listened carefully the words are actually Hot Diggity Dog Ziggity! Now does that make sense to you? I was shocked that I had those words wrong. I wonder if Dad taught them to us incorrectly from the beginning. Dad? Anything to say for yourself?

Other recent revelations:

The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle. (I found that fact rather titillating. Don't forget to cross your T's and tittle your I's. Actually, to tittle your I's in public sounds a little obscene.)

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. (Let me know what happens if you try this .)

The original name for butterfly was flutterby. (I think I will use this name from now on. Makes so much more sense!)

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb. (No comment)

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannotsink into quicksand. (What a relief to know this. I have watched countless episodes of The Lone Ranger which left me with such a fear of quicksand. Thank goodness now I know how to save myself.)

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska (I wonder if some of them work in Russia?)

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar

I couldn't think of 4 queens, but here are some suggestions for the jacks:

Spades-Jack Black

Hearts-Jack Sparrow-(okay that's a streatch, but Johnny Depp IS a heartthrob!)

Clubs-Jack Niclaus (you know, golf clubs?)

Diamonds-Jackie Robinson (you, know baseball diamond?)

Have a great day. Do your rabbits and keep your fingers crossed that Wall Street did theirs.

Love ,


PS 3 people voted and it looks like this old signature picture will remain. Thanks for voting! Personally, I liked me as a 7 year old, back when I was innocent and thought the words were Hot Diggity Dog Diggity.

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