Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is For U-Tube

We're almost at the end of the A to Z Challenge, where I work my way through the alphabet all month, every day except Sunday.  We've either reached the more challenging letters, or I'm just running out of material!  Today's letter is

For U-Tube 

(yeah, yeah...I know it's YouTube, but cut me some slack.  Did you want me to write about unicorns or underwear?)

I was searching YouTube for interesting U videos and this was the first one to pop up.  I love this song!  I just want to sing and dance along.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is For Theater

I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge.  Every day this month, except Sundays, I'm working my way through the alphabet.  Today's letter is ...
For Theater

I love Broadway musicals.  I would love to live in a world where we broke into song at random moments and danced down the street rather than plodding along.  I would love to have the external cues to help me figure out the plot twists in my own life.  If real life only had music,  I would recognize the sound of the villain creeping up on me.  Now that I am retired there are fewer villains in my life, and many more reasons to dance.

Today I bought pre-sale tickets for The Book of Mormon in Portland in July.   When asked if he wanted to go with me, the spouse replied, "Why would I want to do that?"  The granddaughters are a little too young to enjoy this one, so I will leave them in the capable hands of the spouse.   My college roommate, and matron of honor at my wedding, is going with me. I better get to i-tunes and buy the Broadway cast recording so I can sing in the car all the way to Portland! 

This is going to be soooo much fun!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is For Sidewalk

All this month it's the A to Z Challenge.  I'll be working my way through the alphabet.  Today's letter is
For Sidewalk

I was probably in fifth grade when I learned about tuberculous.  I remember the teacher telling us about how people got sick and died because of poor health habits.  Epidemics spread because people didn't wash their hands, or cover their mouths when they coughed, and they spit on the sidewalk!  The teacher told us that there were laws against spitting on the sidewalk to help stop the spread of disease.  And all of us in that class learned this lesson.  
Maybe I was less observant in my youth, but I don't remember people spitting.  I wish I could say the same now.  Last week I was at Safeway.  As I walked toward the door a man exited and hocked a loogie on the ground right in front of the door. The slime glistened in the sunlight.


I may have tuberculous!


Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for How's That Renovation Coming Along?

All this month it's the A to Z Challenge.  Join me every day except Sunday as I work my way through the alphabet.

Today's letter is
For Renovation

Nana,  how's that bathroom renovation going?  
Well, there's a toilet sitting in the middle of my dining room...
We are now in the second month of bathroom renovation.  The spouse spent three days last week in the new shower stall laying tile.  He finished the last three tiles on the floor just this morning.  Tomorrow he will grout.  We tried to contract out this work.  The tile store gave us a long list of contractors.  We called every one.  Two of them called us back.  One of them was six to eight weeks out in having time for a new job.  The other was very fussy about what he would and wouldn't do and he didn't want to do our shower.  So, the spouse started watching tile videos on YouTube and attended a how-to class at Home Depot.  We bought a tile saw...and he's done a pretty good job.  
Yesterday he went to McDonald's and critiqued the tile floor.  We've created a monster!
But, the end is in sight.  Tomorrow I have to go buy a sink and light fixtures.  I can't wait to have our bathroom back, but, other than having the new toilet out of the dining room,  I'm most looking forward to the new toilet paper more spring-loaded gizmo to hold the paper.  Simple pleasures!
Three tiles left to set

The shower is ready to be grouted.  The electrical cord hanging down from the ceiling is not a permanent feature.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Quotation

All this month it's the A to Z challenge and today's letter is...

For Quotations

I like a good quotation, and apparently I'm not the only one.  I'll save an inspiring quotation on Pinterest, but I'm not sure why.  It's not like there's a shortage of motivational and moving quotations posted on Facebook every three minutes.  When I need a quote for a blog post I'll just google up "quotes about friendship" or "quotes about stupidity" and a huge selection appears on my screen.

Here's a good one...

"Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
- Albert Einstein

Were you thinking that I'd have a point to make?  Sorry, there is no point to this post.  I was just tired of reading all those stupid self improvement, believe in yourself, forgive and be free postings on Facebook.  The only things that irritate me more are the blackmail postings.  You know, the ones that say "if you love your mother you'll click like," or "if you support our military you'll leave a comment; if you're a heartless commie you'll just scroll on by."  If you like this blog, you'll leave a comment...or just send me a winning lottery ticket!

Friday, April 18, 2014

P is For Post Office

It's the A to Z Challenge and I'm heading for the home stretch.  Today's letter is P for Post Office and

 I went to the post office this morning to mail some books.  One of the benefits of living in a small town is that there's never much of a line at the post office.  Just before closing or during lunch you can expect six or seven people to be in line, but the rest of the time there's only a momentary wait while the one other person in the lobby finishes up.  I am not one of those people who constantly trashes the postal service.  I lived in Central America for two years; I know what bad postal service looks like!  Our local post office is friendly and efficient.  I appreciate the job that our postal service does.

I rarely mail letters any  more.  Remember when we always had a stack of envelopes to mail at the first of the month to pay our bills?  Now, like most people, I pay online.  Most of our payments are automatically deducted from our accounts.  I could die tomorrow, but the bills will still be paid...until the money in our checking account goes dry.  Several years ago I stocked up on "Forever" stamps at Costco because there was going to be a postal rate increase.  I've still got lots of those stamps, and there have been several rate increases.  I'm getting a better rate of return on those postage stamps than I do for my savings account.

About the only things I mail are packages to my granddaughters and books.  Several years ago my friend Linda, at Thoughts From a Bag Lady in Waiting, wrote about a paperback exchange that she uses.  I signed up for and have been happily trading books ever since.  I have a terrible time letting go of books.  Some, of course, are treasured books that I will read again or just hold on to for the memories, but most are just taking up space...but I still can't just let them go. gives me a credit for every book I mail off to another member and I can use that credit to get a "new" book.  The only cost is postage and that's only about $2.25 a book. hasn't cured my book clutter problem, but every time I mail off a book, I'm happy to let it go knowing that I can get another one FOR FREE!!!!  I do love getting those little packages in our mailbox.  It's like my birthday.  It's even more special when a book on my wish list becomes available.  It shows up in my mailbox and it's just what I wanted!  Check them out by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

O is for Odyssey

All this month I am participating in the A to Z Challenge.  Today's letter is...
for Odyssey

The dictionary defines odyssey as a long wandering and eventful journey.  We're planning an odyssey this summer.  Our grandchildren are attending a family reunion in Iowa in early June.  The spouse and I will drive the RV to South Dakota and meet the girls and their parents at Mount Rushmore.  Their parents will hand the grandchildren off to us and fly home to Texas.  We will set off on an odyssey to make summer vacation memories.

We've just started planning.  We know we want to spend some time in Yellowstone National Park, but other than that, we're open to whatever looks interesting as we head back to Oregon.

The girls enjoy traveling in the RV.  They curl up with a book, or coloring book,  or Nana's i-pad.  The RV is large enough that they can spread out, not quite alone time, but they can get some distance from each other and that helps keep the peace.

Summer 2013 on our way to the Oregon Coast

Having children along on our travels changes our travel style.  When it's just the two of us we'll stop at antique stores and brew pubs.  With the grandchildren it's parks and McDonald's.

I'm looking forward to having the grandchildren for eight weeks this summer.  We've got a long list of things to do and I know we won't get to half of them.  We planted peas this week in the garden so Hunter can pick them.  She doesn't like to eat them, but she sure likes to harvest them.  We're filling the pond with sand so the girls can have a sand box, and I've started hitting the yard sales for digging toys.  I can wait for the odyssey to begin!
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