Monday, July 24, 2017

And Now We Are Twenty Six

Someone has a birthday today. Here's my tribute to the youngest lovely:


Happy Birthday, DoodleSquirt! We love you! 

Birthday Auntie and Baby M

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Are You Bringing On The Joy?

I suppose you could call today's post a vlog post. Not a vlog because that means a blog featuring mostly videos so I'm going to go with, vlog post. 

I hope Y'all enjoy!


Have a great weekend, Y'all!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Someone Opened a Vent and the Hodgepodge

Can anyone relate to the picture? Lawd, the humidity down here is AWFUL. Yes, I know it's summer but this is crazy. I don't know if the humidity/heat combo is worse this time around or if it seems that way because winter hasn't bothered to show up for two years straight or because I've hit that age where I just can't do the humidity anymore. How's the humidity in Alaska? I will say the storms have been amazing and have left everything around here so lush and green. 

It really didn't help when the AC went out for one night into the next morning. I know that's not long but it was so. freaking. hot. And guess what? My floors feel damp. I hope that's not a red flag that there's some huge, expensive issue under the house and that it's just me being ridiculous because the humidity has finally sent my brain over the edge. Anyway...

It's nice to know there are fun, friendly folks out there to visit while I sit inside and enjoy the Hodgepodge!

From this Side of the Pond

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Extremely close. Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them. This is difficult to narrow down as I remember everything about them. I ADORED my grandparents and not a day goes by still that I don't think of them. I've written about them many times: Here, here, here, here, here, for example. Anyway... the way Granddaddy could peel an apple without breaking the peel and it hung there in a long spiral; the way he loved listening to old time gospel music every Sunday morning and polished his Sunday shoes with that electric shoe polisher with the red buffer on one side and the black one on the other side; the way he loved the Atlanta Braves and took me to ball games; Grandmother in the kitchen singing/humming old hymns; baking homemade biscuits every single day; watching her bake in the kitchen and being annoyed when she scraped the bowls too much so there was not that much left to lick and flour all over the place; the girdle dance; putting up fresh veggies every summer; going shopping with her; decorating for Christmas with her; Granddaddy bringing home the Christmas tree; waiting for Granddaddy to get home so we could open Christmas Eve presents...

I could go on and on and on. My grandparents were a HUGE part of my childhood. They were the all positive parts. You knew you were loved and cared for when you were with them no matter what. The life lessons I learned from them are priceless even though I fail at some of them from time to time. I adored them then, I adore their memory now. 

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? I don't recall any items I was attached to but I was quite attached to my dogs throughout my growing up years. What happened to it? Well, you know, living things tend to pass on so...

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? That depends. Explain. Literally, I see trees because I'm in town and the big developers have destroyed nearly all of any heavily wooded areas (I don't know that I'd call them forests, as such) that aren't protected by some sort of government protection or privately owned. FIGURATIVELY, I see the forest because I can see the whole picture that if something isn't done to stop it our house is going to continue deteriorating until it just falls down. Why don't I just hire someone? Because there is someone here who can do it and do it quite well but it simply isn't a priority for him. I'm the sort of person who likes to take care of things before they become HUGE projects that hit me hard in the wallet and he's the type who likes to wait until it's a HUGE problem, close to a disaster or never deal with it at all. Not a complaint. Just stating facts. Yes, it's annoying, to say the least. This is just not the way I was raised to do things, Y'all. 

4. Do you like sour candies? Yes. Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite? I always love lemons but not by themselves. That's too sour for me. 

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats 

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? I have but I didn't like it. What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list? My mother's lemon meringue pie. 

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far.

Too much humidity and not enough air conditioning but the storms have been quite nice. OR-

Too much humidity but loads of family gatherings have made everything enjoyable. OR-

Too much humidity but I'm still alive.
6. Insert your own random thought here. So, back to #3. (WARNING, THIS PART IS A VENT) This town used to be a wonderful place to live. Over the last decade +, things have gone badly as big developers and the town authorities have been in cahoots to do all they can to destroy as many green spaces as they possibly can in an effort to fatten their pocketbooks. It seems the destruction of nearly all things woodsy wasn't enough so they are now going to start filling in wetlands areas. Our town is Mount Pleasant but long time residents and natives are now calling it, Mount Plastic and it is fitting in so many ways. 

The most recent decision by the mayor and a few council members DURING A MIDNIGHT VOTE is--- well, here:

The lawsuit settlement approved by Linda Page in a midnight vote clearing the way for a massive new apartment complex at the foot of the Ben Sawyer Causeway is now online for all to see - including the approved development site plan. As you can see for yourself, the vast majority of trees there now will be shredded and wetlands home to wildlife will be filled. The final score is as follows:

Concessions by Town:
- Developer gets a free credit of $370,000 in impact fees it won't have to pay
- If the current moratorium on apartments is extended after 2019, it won't apply to these apartments
- Developer can build 4-story high buildings similar to The Boulevard

Concessions by Developer:
- Agrees to 224 units instead of 246 units on 2015 plan (net loss of only 22 units)
- Gives up commercial space (a restaurant was included on 2015 plan - not that this matters much to the developer as the real profits are in the residential units)
- Agrees to build small park open to public within development (who is going to cross Ben Sawyer on foot/bike to go sit in this park?)

I can't even tell Y'all how frustrating it is to know that you can't fight big money. If you try, they hold secret, midnight meetings and use various other tactics to push projects through that are unnecessary for anything other than making the rich, richer. People are speaking out, protest plans are being made and the mayor and developers just keep on going anyway. We did vote out 4 of council members who were also in the back pocket of the big money developers but that wasn't enough. 

The death and destruction of all wild life and their habitats is shameful. The lack of growth control is causing overcrowding in our schools and on the roads which lead to more traffic accidents and road erosion among other disastrous outcomes. And yes, these are the two issues about which I am most passionate. The people in charge are out of control. I think we need a revolution.

HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS: Now that I've vented, we are a mere 4 weeks away from grandbaby #2's due date (his blog name is Baby R). We're voting already. I had a little fun and told the mommy-to-be I thought she was going to run 2 weeks late. She failed to see the humor (I know, I'm wicked). Anyway, my pick is August 13. Luckily, they have found a place to call their own (after many months of searching) and will be moving in less than 2 weeks. Talk about cutting it close. Whew! 

Any takers on Baby R's arrival? 

Lastly, it seems I used 'anyway' a bit much in today's post. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week, Y'all!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Summertime Summering

This is a repost of my summer resolutions post that y'all can read right here if you missed it. OR y'all can watch my video which was so much fun to make!


What are y'all up to so far this summer?

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Comforts of Aging

Wait a minute. Are there any comforts in the aging process? Don't ask me in the mornings when I am waking up and immediately after being grateful for another day on the planet even though the future of said planet is questionable I take inventory. It's a rare morning something is not reminding me I am no longer in the spring chicken category be it an ankle or an entire leg, the hip or the lower back, my neck... Something is there to remind me to put my feet on the floor with caution. Is anyone else out there the least bit concerned they will lose their balance when getting up to use the bathroom in the wee hours (the WEE hours do take on a more literal meaning these days) fall and break a bone? Sheesh, why is this an issue? I'm not even in my 60s yet. Isn't that a 90-something issue?

When one suffers from fibromyalgia, the aches and pains that have always been there are now keeping company with the added aches and pains of aging. I don't find this comforting. More pain? No thank you. But, I'm still alive and that I do find comforting. It's a good with the bad type situation.

So, are there any comforts to this aging process? Yes and some of them are quite liberating. I'll give Y'all my top ten.

  1. The older I get the less I give a rip what anyone thinks of me or what I do which gives me the freedom to ignore people and do my thing my way without worry. This is not only comforting but extremely liberating. Once upon a time I would look back and wonder whether or not I should have said/done whatever it was I said or did but now, I just keep on keepin' on. 
  2. I take comfort in the laughter provided to me by people of a younger generation who feel they need to read a book on everything thing and then believe themselves to be experts. Relax, Y'all. 
  3. There is comfort not only in knowing who I am but in liking who I am.
  4. There is comfort in not taking things for granted as aging provides a new appreciation for nearly all things.
  5. There is comfort in knowing I do not have to rush no matter what I am doing and if anyone expects me to do so, they can get over it. 
  6. There is comfort in not stressing to the point of over-reacting to all those things I used to think were important.
  7. There is comfort in being old enough to discern the important from the unimportant.
  8. There is comfort in being considered wise, a sage if you will even if the sought out advice you give isn't heeded. Of course, there's a bit of discomfort or confusion in this one as you're thought of this way based solely on your age not on whether or not you are actually a wise person.
  9. There is comfort in knowing you don't always have to be right. Even though I am. Ok, apparently this is for later.
  10. There is comfort in wanting less, in minimalizing your life in every way. Unless people won't let you and then you become grateful for and find comfort in making it clear that you will do this and they can be part of what you get rid of if they don't want to play along. 
Of course, the very best thing about aging that provides not only comfort but tremendous amounts of pure joy is grandchildren. Y'all knew I'd get that in somewhere, right? 

This post was inspired by Katie Motaung at Five Minute Friday

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