Seeing Is Believing

The dog days of summer are almost gone. The Autumn Equinox is only 5 weeks away. Of course, I have no idea what that really means, except that it’s 3 weeks to September and the beginning of some of the Fall Craft Shows I love to attend.

I’m anxious to get out and wander around most of these shows. I love, love, love Craft Shows. Hated them as a youngster but once you get your own home it’s fun to look around for so many different decorating ideas. My husband knows, too, that I love to change things around the house now and again for a change of scenery and to make things feel fresh and new again.

Having said that, I’m in the throws of redecorating the main bathroom. I know what I want to do and have a lot of the wall accessories ready to go. However, the wall colour is giving me a lot of grief (looks silver on the paint sample, but a grey/blue on the walls). Previously I concentrated on the wall decor matching the walls and the towels matching the vanity, trim or floor. I’ve never been totally satisfied. Somehow something was just wrong. I’ve been on a constant hunt for a new area rug to match the walls which is proving to be a really bad idea. The stores and the internet are coming up empty and dear hubby could have painted the walls by now and make my life easier, but I’m trying to make his easier. I’m starting to cave in, though!!!

This afternoon I think I found something close to what I’ve been looking for on and we’ll see in a couple of days whether it’s a “keeper” or “returner”. God, keep your fingers crossed!!

On another subject, I’ve had a follow-up appointment with my Optometrist. He says it’s now time to have my cataracts removed. Now there’s something I’ve been looking forward to – surgery on my eyeballs. My eyeballs are sacred, but alas age has caught up with me, along with some of my medication and if it’s going to allow me to see without glasses, that’s a bonus. The surgery won’t happen for another 5 to 6 months yet, so I can sit back and relax until after the New Year.

Hubby and I have been living a boring existence for the past several weeks. Not much has been going on except for Nat’s golf games 3 times a week, my on-off baking energy and whatever else I can get into trouble with. I’m still loving this new ultra-short haircut. It’s been a godsend these hot Summer days. No fuss, no muss – just a finger brush in the morning and I’m away. I could kiss my hairdresser for trying it and one of her other clients for giving me the idea. Even our contractor noticed the new look and complimented me – what were the odds in that???

I’ll be glad when the 2016 Olympics are over. I’ve never been one for the Summer Olympics. I find them boring and tedious. Bring on the snow, the cold, the slopes, the speed and heart pumping ski jumps!! I also find that this years’ Olympics are a bit one-sided with the Americans winning so many medals it feels like there hasn’t been any true competition. At least with the Russians in years past there was some real competitiveness, but alas, even that’s been spoiled by modern medicine and other things. I’m glad Canada has accomplished what it has and I’ll root for any Canadian going, but I would prefer it to be knee-high in snow.

Our granddaughter should be home by the end of the week from the Olympics and it sounds so far that she’s been having a pretty good time. Despite her flight delays in the beginning it sounds like she and her other friend have met up with some more friends, and good times are being had. Can’t wait for her to get home and hear her stories.

On another holiday adventure I was following was my step-niece and nephew from England and their 2 week trip to New York and California. Every now and again, she and her brother would post something on Twitter that would make me laugh, but then a bit of disaster befell their father. He ended up losing his phone 3 times, his wallet once and then broke a toe. My niece was declaring that she couldn’t take her father anywhere. One more disaster hit them on the way home, with United Airlines screwing up their connecting flight to Newcastle and the poor family was stuck in the airport for well over 24 hours. They eventually caught a flight to London and then had to arrange for another flight to Newcastle. Needless to say the whole family was exhausted but extremely happy to be home. I wish I was there to hear their stories, which I’m sure they’ve got plenty of.

Bring on the Craft Shows – I’m ready!!

It’s The Same Old Song …

As usual, there’s nothing new around here. On Monday we decided to take our quarterly trip to Costco. Ended up spending close to $300.00 only because this time we also needed paper products (kleenex, paper towels, etc.) along with our usual supply of meat, fish, etc. This is the only place where we’ll buy fish – the trout and haddock are the best, as are the pork tenderloins and port chops.  In fact, the pork chops were so thick this time we sliced them in half and doubled the value for our money.

While in town we decided to have our lunch and then meandered home to raise Nat’s blood pressure as he tries to work with the FoodSaver that we really hate. Haven’t yet decided on what to replace it with, but for now each time Nat tries to seal something he has to wait for the damn thing to cool down before it will work again. I literally had to stand there and watch him so he doesn’t get mad and put his blood pressure through the roof. I try to make a joke out of it to calm him down, but now he just gets up and walks around the kitchen for a minute or two. Hopefully next trip to Costco we’ll have a replacement he won’t get so upset over.

As with billions of other people around the world, we’ve been keeping an eye on the Olympic events. I really don’t like the Summer Olympics – boring as hell in my opinion – but Nat likes the soccer, the diving, the rowing, the gymnastics, etc. so I keep one eye on the games to keep him company. I really have no other choice, as every television station that is not running the Olympics are running repeats and it’s getting so bad I could tear my hair out – and I don’t have a lot to tear out, so I’d be bald within a couple of days, trust me!!  I’m a huge fan of the Winter Olympics – so much more action and thrills in the Downhill Racing, Luge, Skiing, Bobsled, etc.

Those nights that we’re not watching the games, we’ve been watching a lot of our DVD collection. We’ve watched each of the seasons we have in  “As Time Goes By”, “Castle”, “Mad About You”, “New Tricks”, “Hustle”, “Law and Order”, “Law and Order, U.K.”, “Inspector Lewis”, “Hamish MacBeth”, etc.  It’s gotten so bad that we’re desperately waiting for the next seasons to come out on The only advantage to re-watching these shows is that our memories are bad enough that we only remember each murder mystery as the show progresses. We sit there and debate which of the characters is the murderer. Once the guy is shown, we’ll both shout out “that’s him, that”s the guy that …., remember?” Seriously, could this get any worse!!!

On another front, I’ve been making a valiant attempt at getting a good supply of cookies in the freezer. The freezer is literally empty and as much as I hate turning on the oven during this summer heat, I have no choice. Karly’s on her way to College in September and (bless her heart) she’s asked for some of Grandma’s cookies to take with her. She’s attempting to organize a going-away party when she gets back from Mexico, so I’ll have a good supply for then. I’m also going to do research on packing and shipping a supply now and again via courier to her during the year. It will be her first time away from home for a long period of time (which I’m sure she’ll manage, just fine!), but there’s nothing like a treat from home to put a smile on your face.

I also broke out from my “same-old-same-old” and had highlights put in my hair. Really love the way it turned out and am going to try and keep them up.

As the yawning begins again (I’ve been doing that a lot lately) I’ll get back to work and begin updating Gail’s blog site. She’s sent pictures of her latest jewellery designs and it looks like it may take a day or two to get things organized and sorted. I’m afraid my attention span is waning, so hopefully this will make the old brain cells come alive and re-acquaint myself with the technicalities of reorganizing a blog, which I’ve not done in quite some time.

OOPs, I Think I Woke The Dead!!!

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been bored. I’m not a summer olympic games kind of person and as they were the only thing on television that’s not a repeat, Nat and I haven’t had much choice but to watch most evenings. He enjoys them more than I, especially the soccer, the diving, the rowing and racing events. Me on the other hand, found some nights so boring that I would do crossword upon crossword to pass the time, while keeping one eye on the television just so I could respond “OH, that’s truly amazing” whenever Nat would remark how great some dive was. There were also nights when I would fiddle faddle on the computer, put a load of laundry in (you can save hydro, you know, by doing it late at night or even 3:00 AM according to our esteemed Premier!!) and, the best of all, I managed to get some Christmas bows pre-made for presents which can be time consuming when it comes down to the crunch. Quite proud of myself, as I managed to get several made and packed away in a box that I’ll soon forget about.

This past evening, however, when the Games were coming to full fruition, the athletes were winding down and those poor men were running that 2 hour or so marathon, I decided to bring up a container of what I thought were VHS movies that I’ve collected over the years.  I’m an avid fan of old black and white comedies and having collected a fair amount of my favourites, I thought it would be even better to get the tapes converted to DVDs using our VHS/DVD player and recorder, afterall it worked beautifully for our home movies. Repurchasing these movies on DVD would be extremely time-consuming, expensive and besides some of them haven’t even been released in digital format yet. I have to give it a try as I’m that kind of person.

When Nat and I moved, most of our tapes and video cassettes, etc. were stored in a hard plastic container with a flip-down lid. These containers were found at Wal-Mart and store various household items that don’t get used a lot and Nat even likes them in the garage as they’re very stackable. Anyhow, these containers were a perfect size for the VHS and tape cassettes we both have and we’ve been keeping them in the basement of the new home until things get more settled and a proper place is found to keep them.

So I quietly trotted downstairs while Nat was enthralled in watching those poor marathoners go through their grueling paces, picked up what I thought was the container holding the movies and made my return visit up those 12 steps.

As I was heading up, holding this container by the handle, I’m kind of thinking it’s a wee bit heavy. But being the independent bugger that I am, I kept going all the while thinking if I just make it to the top of the stairs I can rest it on the landing and I’m home free. I’d be remiss to think you don’t know what happened next!!  Just at that last step the handle broke, the lid fell off and the container tumbled down those stairs spewing out over 60 tape cassettes and 5 or 6 of the VHS movies downward and onto the hard concrete floor, making a noise so loud and boisterous it either woke the dead or at least made them sit up!!! Nat jumped to his feet leaving his lounger rocking back and forth as if occupied by an irate old lady, ran to the stairs, peered at me through the rails and shouted “What the HELL was that??”  I looked at him with somewhat bewilderment and said “Just some tapes”. He then gave me hell for not asking for help, to which I responded “I’m not an invalid” and we both ran down the stairs to see what damage had been done.

We (or should I say ME) only dinged one tape and it wasn’t exactly one of my favourites, so that was okay. As we were gathering up the mess Nat duly showed me the proper way to carry this damn container – one hand on the lid and one hand on the bottom!!! That really never occurred to me, after all there’s a handle!!! The container is somewhat wounded (a broken clip where the lid attaches and the handle needs to be stuck back on), but it still appears to be at least useable. I, on the other hand realized as we were returning the tapes to the container that it was the wrong one. I’m now burning with heat from  embarrassment as I promptly returned that container from whence it came, grabbed the right one with the movies I was originally looking for in the first place and Nat carried it upstairs asking, again, “What the hell are you up to??“.  I’m guessing nothing for a day or two!!!