November 21, 2017

JEFF



Photo: Ed

Here’s our friend Jeff at a recent wedding.  He’s second from the left, and he was the best friend of everyone at the wedding.  He was an exceptionally happy, hardworking, loving, caring man, always with a smile no matter how hard his days were to get through.  He died yesterday afternoon after a truly hard fought battle with Esophageal Cancer.

Today my Facebook page is full of Jeff images.  I chose this one because here he is in the middle of his support group.  Smiling.

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  • Himself:  Gym first.  Lite work, Costco for a few things after work.  Today is his Wednesday.
  • https://www.facebook.com/>Herself:>   I’m still spending too much when I should be spending nothing.  Today despite not measuring, back to work on the back of the quilt.  Tonight dinner at Costco.  Buy our things for Thanksgiving too.
  • Reading:  Finishing Grahams work.
  • Captain Poolie:  Will visit her tonight.  She’s up and moving again,.
  • Gratitude’s:  That I am here.  That daughter Margot got a real job with the North County CP Org. part time to start moving to full time with bennies.  We are so happy.


November 19, 2017

BOY AM I THANKFUL


It’s that time of year again.  All those truly wonderful fattening foods are here: Turkey, stuffing, pie, whipped cream.  My mouth is watering right now.  Shortly we are off to Vons/Safeway to buy butter and other foods.  George wants to serve Red Lobster Biscuits at Thanksgiving dinner.  I suggested he try a batch first.  I can do pie and whipped cream without trying it first.

As a Thanksgiving offering, I share with you this photo of me looking out the back window of the cottage.  Frankie, my old neighbor, and I, have put together a traditional Thanksgiving meal for family and friends.  The cottage would seat about five.  Total.  The back yard could seat fifty or so, and that’s where we had it. 

Here I am with a glass of Rose’ in my hand.  I don’t look too bad, but in three years I would be near death from my Alcoholism.  All these years later, I can tell you that getting well is certainly worth every bit of the struggle.
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  • https://www.facebook.com/>Herself:>   Lunch with daughter.  Adulting can be lots of fun.  Visit Poolie later, lite dinner, and meeting.
  • Reading:  Still reading Katharine Grahams memories.  Reached the Pentagon Papers.  Scary time.
  • Captain Poolie:  Haven’t heard from her today.
  • Gratitude’s:  That I can do lunch with the daughter.


  • November 18, 2017

    DYNAMICS



    Out in the backcountry, under a hot summer sun, we were watching sports with family.  One year Alex played Football.  Perhaps this was that year.  Photo G.
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    • Himself:  Feeling better.  His tummy hasn’t been well for three days.  Today he thinks he’s going to live.  Shower, follow me around, lunch, Museum, and dinner.
    • Herself:   Shower.  Having a shoulder and ankle massage.  My ankle has been stuck for days now.  If G can finish the measurements for the back, I will get started putting the back of B’s quilt together.
    • Reading:  Memoirs.  Enjoying the growth.
    • Captain Poolie:  Commenting on facebook today.
    • Gratitude’s:  For the left ankle not having Arthur-itus.

    November 17, 2017

    A COOPERATIVE EFFORT



    She asks if I need more cotton fabrics.  If we lived closer, I’d do something….something….like tickle her or hit her over the head with a feather pillow.  

    Yes, I have enough to fabric finish Bobbie’s quilt thanks to Carol, but I don’t have enough to finish quilts for the kids.   Perhaps I can think of these three quilts as cooperative efforts…with a smile.
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    • Himself:  He loves Fridays.  He didn’t feel well last night after eating a fancy cookie.
    • https://www.facebook.com/>Herself:  Delighting in my friends.  Going in to the shop early for the big Holiday sale.
    • Reading:  Katharine’s Memoirs.  As he loses himself to madness, her writing grows more personal.
    • Captain Poolie:  Walked yesterday.  Sitting.  In no pain if standing.
    • Gratitude’s:  That I can take photos.


    November 16, 2017

    I DID NOT TAKE THIS SHOT



    Not me, I didn’t take this delightful shot.  My daughter Margot did.  I was so charmed by it, that I played with it for hours in my old Photoshop.  I can’t take the credit.

    I always try to give credit where credit is due or only show my own photographs.  Rarely do I show a shot that isn’t mine.  This one is such a charmer that I can’t keep it to myself.  

    Did I ever tell you that I love taking pictures of people.
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    • Himself:  Working hard.
    • Herself:    Launder sheet day but Marta maid the bed.  LOL  Tomorrow will be the last day of promoting the Holiday sale.  We can’t say Christmas any more.  This is the first time we have only Christmas things to offer.  Usually we have a little Hanukah blue, but not this time.  I will be much relieved and glad to be back to everyday objects.
    • Reading:  Continuing with Katharine Graham’s Memoir.
    • Captain Poolie:  Her sense of humor has returned.  So has her friend Pam’s.
    • Gratitude’s:  That I can put my feet up.


    November 15, 2017

    LORETTA AND MARION


     
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    • Himself:  Dinner out wasn’t very good for three of us.  Mage complained.
  • https://www.facebook.com/>Herself:>  Very good to talk with friends.  Getting ready to put Christmas Books out.  Nothing but Christmas.  I’m so not impressed with early holidays this year.  Those friends in the photo; they live through my lens.
  • Reading:  Graham’s memoir.
  • Captain Poolie:  Pulled a hamstring.  She was groaning, her friend was really in a grump, and her night person shut himself in a room.
  • Gratitude’s:  That G and I had a great evening despite the food and the visit.


  • November 14, 2017

    MY DAY

                                    

    In the Rocking Chair.

    ·       I loved the “What do you do in the morning” answers, but I note that the Great G seems to be the only one who starts the coffee via a timer.  He can stagger downstairs and find the coffee made.  What a blessing.
    ·       I got to the Derm Doctor’s office early, and he got to his office late.  After burning eight new spots off, we discussed when I was to return.  I tried for a year, and he suggested six months.  We compromised on eight months, and we both moved on laughing.
    ·       Tho I talked with Bobbie and Margot, I didn’t get much done yesterday.  I did get fabrics laid out for the quilt back.  After doing the initial measurements, my brain went blank.  Did I say that I hated learning disabilities.  G said he would help with the measurements today, so there may be real progress.
    ·       While I was laying out and designing Bobbies Crow quilt, I set aside fabrics for Margot and Laka’s quilts too.  Imagine, I’m running low on scraps.  If it weren’t for friend Tehachap, I’d have none.
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    • Himself:  Still a light quque, and he expects the reprocussions from this last holiday to hit later on in his work inbox.
    • https://www.facebook.com/>Herself:  Writing, puttering with housestuff like laundry.  Out to dinner with Cammie and her husband.  It’s a delightful prospect.
    • Reading:  Back tracking to reread Katherine Graham’s “Personal History,” amazed at the similarities of our upbringing.
    • Captain Poolie:  We will see her after dinner.  She’s posting about politics, so I know she is better today.
    • Gratitude’s:  That the pool was so wonderful this morning.


    JEFF

    Photo: Ed Here’s our friend Jeff at a recent wedding.  He’s second from the left, and he was the best friend of everyone a...