Showing posts from August, 2011
I saw this today and it gave me a laugh and so I thought I'd share it with you. 

I've spent the last two days sitting in one place and trying to pay attention to the world around me.  Today was a bit better but this virus has knocked me on my ass.  I had very little voice but today it seems to be better.  Tea with honey is a lifesaver but I'm tired of tea at this point. 

I've done some knitting.  By knitting very very slowly, I was able to work on the beaded shawl.  I am on the final clue and am feeling hopeful.  I'll be back to work tomorrow.  If we take more than 2 days off in a row, the HR people get involved and it gets ugly.  I feel better but am still congested.  I'll just take it slow when I go back.  I can only imagine the mess I'm facing.

Things around here have very quickly moved back to normal.  Pk was disappointed that more trees didn't come down.  He's always on the look out for more stash.  We're not in a flood prone area so we …
Here we are on the flip side.  Irene has left the area and is now menacing New England.  We were surprisingly lucky and I have no photos of local devastation to show you.(Emily and Katie came through the storm with only minor issues as well.  We're very lucky)  If you want to see the damage, you can look at msn or cnn or one of the other news organizations. 

It rained like the dickens yesterday afternoon and well into last night.  There didn't seem to be very much heavy wind but a branch from one of our trees  broke off and thumped against the back of the house.  THAT was startling.  And I discovered that I didn't mind the storm as much when it was light.  When it got dark and I couldn't see what was happening, that bothered me and my anxiety level rose a bit.  Around about 11 pm or so, it seemed to slacken off and the rain never picked back up after that.  It continured to rain most of the night but more quietly.

Right now at 5 pm, it's breezy and the wind is dry…
'Whole lotta shaking goin' on'.....

I guess by now it's not news that we had an Earthquake here on Tuesday.  I have never felt anything like that before and it was scary.  I know all the Californians are laughing at us but when it's a unique and new experience, it's a whole 'nother story.

I let my group talk about how they felt and because I told them I was scared, it seemed to give them permission to admit that they were afraid as well.  I think what scared me was that I had no idea what to do.  I can tell you what to do if there's an air raid (get under your desk and pull your coat over your head- it's what they taught us in the 60's when I was in school), or a hurricane but I have no experience with earthquakes. 

I was in a medication review with the doctor and a patient and we all looked at each other in puzzlement as our chairs started to shake.  I am a knee bouncer and I thought the woman next to me must be really bouncing her knees but w…
Good Monday morning to you all. 

I was texting Emily last night and asked how her weekend had gone.  She said "boring but productive".  Seems like a lot of that was going around. 

We had a "boring" weekend and I was even fairly productive.  The weather was so humid that any kind of movement caused copious amounts of sweating.  Friday we hung out at the bookstore and looked at magazines.  As I get older, I am finding that I feel less and less like buying magazines.  It has to have several things in it that I find attractive for me to put out my money.  And that's happening less and less.  Pk perused the computer books (and man, those are big and heavy!)

One of the stated reasons for buying his ipad was that he wouldn't have to carry the large, heavy books back and forth to work.  He bought a few computer ebooks and will buy a few more as time goes on to replace the big clunky ones with electronic ones.  Saves his back.

Saturday, we did the housekeeping chor…
Today was a good day.  It started out a bit rocky, I had a huge wave of nausea while just sitting at my desk early this morning.  Bad enough that I reached for one of the 7.5 ounce cans of Coke I keep in the fridge in my office.  They're cute and are just about enough soda for me at one time.  It always seems to settle my stomach.  After about an hour and a half, it was better.  I don't know what the magic ingredient is, but I love it.

It passed and I had supervision and led a group and then just put out little fires all afternoon. 

Pk and I learned that a performer of whom we'd heard but with whom we were not familiar, was playing at a local park for free tonight.  We decided to get some sandwiches and head over early for an al fresco dinner and some music.

The park was beautiful.  It features a small amphitheater (I had to look that up since it looks wrong) and benches all around the front with lovely large trees in the back.

We sat at the top and had a good time hearing…
I woke this morning to the sounds of rumbling thunder.  The kind you hear just outside your consciousness but still feel in your bones.  I tried to burrow back down into the bed but I was awake and sometimes that's enough.

The thunder is still there, off in the distance, threatening but the rain is steady and fairly gentle.  The good thing is, we needed this.  Everything will be green for a bit now.  The bad part is we had planned to go to the art museum today.  We are not usually people who are put off by the weather but the parking for the museum involves a walk of some distance and we'd be soaked. 

It's hard to complain (well, not really.  It's easy to complain, just no one wants to hear it) when we've just had some of the loveliest summer days imaginable.  Pk and I went for a drive through the woods on Friday.  This is Quaker Bridge (built by the Quakers in 1722) across the Batsto river.  It's a little disconcerting to stand on since you can look down and s…
  Friday was Kate's 22nd birthday.  We took her to get pizza and then to see Captain America.  Now, I'm not a huge comic book hero fan and I will admit to knowing nothing at all about Cpt America so I went into this open minded.
I loved it.  Out and out loved.  I mean what's not to love about a movie where the good guys (who are all young and buff) win and the bad guys (the really bad guy had a red skull but I understand that's part of the original storyline) lose?  Pk and I really enjoyed it and I think Kate did too.
We had dinner at Kate and Patrick's house on Sunday.  A few weeks ago, Patrick asked me for a cake recipe so he could make a cake for Kate.  Since I know she loves blueberries, I gave him an apple cake recipe (one that I know will almost never fail) and told him to substitute blueberries for apples.  I've done it before and it's delicious. 

Patrick made the cake on Saturday night and left in the pan overnight.  I know, I know (I can hear all…
Just a quick note to share today's inspiration

"Smile, breathe and go slowly."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Isn't that good advice for a mid week?  I know I tend to rush (or try to rush) through the week to get to the weekend.  Once in a while, I wonder what I've missed by hurrying through the days.  I can't get them back once I've barreled through them.  Just for today, I'm going to let the day unfold as it wants and not try to rush through to the end.  And I'll smile at people and make them want to slow down.

We had our annual eye exams last night.  Pk needs stronger reading glasses, a sign of aging with which he is not thrilled.  My vision is unchanged (yay eyes!) but I opted for new glasses because I have not been thrilled with the ones I have had for the past year.  My new ones are thinner and lighter than the present ones and are a metallic copper color.  They have only half frames (which seems to be the style right now) and the optical company charges …
This was a 'get out of Dodge' kind of weekend for us, especially for Peter Kevin.  Friday night we went shopping for birthday presents for Kate (yes, Kate, that's presents with an s).  She's going to be 22 on Friday (I'm not sure how that happened.  I'm pretty sure I'm not old enough for this).  We got home and had an early night since we were going to get up early to go to look at tools.

We travelled to Lambertville, about an hour and a half away.  I took some knitting.  One of my favorite sock patterns, Embossed Leaves, done in a yarn called Mirkwood.  The greens and browns and greys seemed perfect for a leaf pattern.  I figured it was a nice day, I could sit in the car and wait while Pk talked to the tool selling guy. 

This worked for about a half hour until I started to feel an urgent need for a bathroom.  Since I hadn't gone in with him, I didn't want to knock on a stranger's door and ask to use the facilities.  I sent him a text asking how…