Monday, September 29, 2008


Ugh she says? yes, somehow, someway the computer shut down, and had to have everything rebooted,redownloaded! I have spent this entire day so far doing just that, and am not done yet. LUCKILY, hubby can do the major stuff like installing windows etc! What a man- Right now he is on the roof washing it! and the gutters and downspouts! Guess I will have to go swimming with him this eve!

OOO the flower /plant is a bougainvillea. I Even have to redownload the pics. Glad I was almost finished with guess the flower! I have one more but have to go take the pic. I don't know what it called so will have to find out along with ya!

Kennedy quotes? don't know why, just did!

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
Rose Kennedy

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.
Edward M. Kennedy, Democratic National Convention, 1980

Each time a man or woman stands up for an ideal,
or acts to improve the lot of others,
or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a ripple of hope
and crossing each other
from a million different centres
of energy and daring,
these ripples build a current
that can sweep down the mightiest walls
of oppression and resistance."

Robert Kennedy

Saturday, September 27, 2008

sat am musing

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

The last one was a firecracker plant. The ends look like firecrackers, quite pretty. This is not and azalea which was what I thought when I got here

Me and the hubby got up pretty early this am as we are going further south for a Flea market. Usually we like to get a good start on the day. However whom we are going with hasn't arrived yet and it is already 10:40 am. So much for an early start!

We walked the dog and found to our amazement many folk were out and about early- these old folk get up EARLY. One woman had already done her mile walk @ 7am. A guy was washing the house next door before 8am! Gardening was being done, painting and such!

Man is it a beautiful day here! 80 degrees, no humidity, sunny. I keep getting messages from dau #2 about their Nor'easter and rain! and putting the heat on. Just opened up the windows and shut down the air conditioner!

Danny, #2 grandson, had his football game last eve. He made 3-4 sacks in the first 5 plays of the game. Shortly thereafter they took him out and changed him to a different position. A back I think. In flag football they are all about learning the rudiments of the game. Dan finally got to pull several flags and was sure happy!

Kenny, grandson#1, has his game today, and is all geared up for it. I spoke with him this am. He has gone from 104 to 93 pounds playing football- now that's a diet. He has also gotten taller- he looks thin to me on pics, but guess he is more muscle now. I know his doc will be happy! By now he is probably is as tall as me ! Boohoo- your 9 year old grandson taller than you!

Hubby put up his various diplomas in the computer room-Yikes who needs wallpaper or such. Looks very impressive! No wall space left for any of mine!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


this plant looks pretty much like it's name! a hint for this one. The last was a Jacaranda
Humankind cannot stand very much reality.
T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)

Humm Reality.
Some say that reality bites, however I agree totally with TS Eliot!
People just can't stand reality.
People have watched so much tv over the years and can't imagine real from fiction!
they don't believe the world is in crisis,
they don't believe there are devastating storms/hurricanes
they don't believe there are children going hungry
they don't believe there are people dieing from horrible diseases

they don't believe we are in the most important election of our nations most recent history
they don't go out to register to vote nor do they go out and vote if registered
Wake up my neighbors/friends/cobloggers
We are in some tough times and it takes all of us to get together and fight these things!
I will quietly get off this soap box now! Just had to speak up before we loose!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

lavendar blue

You should see this tree when it is in full bloom! So pretty and fragrant! I really had never heard of it before coming to Florida. Name it, if ya can.

Potatoes! The other day I asked hubby to put some potatoes on so I could make Scalloped Potatoes & Kielbasa. Did he ever put potatoes on! He cooked 10 pounds. What did he think, I was cooking for an army?? We were having friends over, BUT!

We have been eating potatoes for every meal since then. I have made potato quiche, fried potatoes & kielbasa, home fries & eggs.

Was gonna make potato salad, but only have three left-OMY! so am gonna make potato, tomato, chicken & cheese quesadilla. SO what else could be done. I know I won't be having potatoes for awhile!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Weekend Notes

Bromeliad is the flower of the last post. Here's another one to view and guess. They were new to me here in Fla.

Work was ok on Saturday, nothing too bad happened. I didn't work on Sunday cause I was just orienting and they thought that was enough. So in two weeks I will be on my own. The nursing part of it is a breeze. It's learning the people and their paperwork. AND where they keep things that, I need to know most now. I have a really good staff so I should do just fine.

The weather here has calmed down a bit in terms of heat and humidity. Actually, it is getting quite nice. Folks say wait about a month and you will really like it. Raining now. Happy Autum/Fall to all!

Sunday we went to yet another church. We haven't found the right one as of yet. The search continues! Actually I thought I would really like this one, and was quite disappointed when I came out! I have been wanting to try this one for awhile. Alas! it was quite BIG, felt like going to church on a football field! Not for me I like it a bit more intimate than that.

My grand sons football teams both won, YEAH! for them. The little one is playing flag football, but wants to tackle! He gets through the line really great, but cant seem to get the flag. He gets quite mad about that.

My grand daughters were both baptised yesterday! Now that's exciting! to have your grand children follow in the faith! You should have heard them over the phone. Grandma we are COLD & WET and we were Baptised! They were having a baptism service, where they dunk them. Usually its scheduled, but the girls both said to momma- WE WANT TO BE BAPTISED! So they went and talked with the pastor, to make sure they understood. Low and behold they got baptised in their Sunday go to meeting clothes! I am sad I didn't get to see it, but I could hear the excitement in their voices!

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

AH Yes Work


Well I've gone back to work! Only every other weekend, but work non the less! What is it they say? Once a nurse always a nurse! Actually I guess we need that little bit of extra income till the house sells or I collect social security, whichever comes first.
Last weekend, my first weekend at this place, we had the local police there each day!
Yes I am working at a nursing facility. I am the day shift weekend supervisor of nurses. We only have about 100 patients. Not too many to manage. The staff seems so nice so far! Seems so strange doing real nursing after my last job. I can't really explain that, but the ones who know me understand.

Friday, September 12, 2008

moving is more than moving

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Herm Albright (1876 - 1944)

For those of ya who wanted to see the mommanator on the cycle! I just ride with hubby, haven't learned to drive one yet! Maybe in my next life!
On to moving-ya think when you get your stuff moved and somewhat sorted out, you are done with the move! OOOO NOOOO!
Next ya have to change your address on EVERYTHING.
you have to get new drivers' licences,
get new tags for the car, and new insurance.
you need new bank accounts and get all your direct deposits going to the new bank,
you need to go thru the process of getting your nursing license updated and changed
ALL of these wonderful things come with a price, of course, and you on a limited income!
You have to get acclimated to the new weather,
need new doctors, o and change the health insurances,
you meet loads of new people, mostly all you like,
you have to remember new names, new addresses
you have to remember you are now living in a community that have allot of grey haired people.
You have to get new vet and someone to groom the dog
AHA and now you have to pick up puppy dodo
whenever you take him for a walk.
You make lists and lists so you don't forget one item!
and even find yourself asking did I do that?
you even have to contact your last state employee so they
don't take NJ state taxes out any longer! guess I will have to find a new tax man too!
What bliss it is, BUT I could do away with some of these things!
I could go on forever, but guess you get the idea!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

O Dear!

Recieved this pic from a friend and thought it was worth sharing! Can you imagine them in your front yard? They are quite beautiful, but surely belong in the wide open spaces! If they can find any! Hubby and I were just talking about how people have invaded the spaces of the 'wild' animals-where will they eventually go?just in zoos?

Monday, September 08, 2008

motorcycle granny

[Memory is] a man's real possession...In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
Alexander Smith (1830 - 1867)

Today hubby & I went for a ride on the cycle!! Yeah it was fun, but hot. Haven't been out with him for awhile, so thought I had better.
Here in Fl they don't have to wear helmets, which I think is NUTS!
I still have helmet hair from it!
DO you get the pic? My hubby has a beard & looks like Santa! and I sorta am built like Mrs Santa! We didn't get anyone pointing at us, so guess we didn't look too silly!

Hubby is upset this eve. He has been saving quarters for about 5 years and thought he had a bunch of money! Well it's about a quarter of what he thought he had! He has decided he is gonna stop saving them-"what's the use" hey you 're saving even if it doesn't add up to what you think! he doesn't see that logic!

I however, think I have finally gotten out of my most recent funky mood!? Paid the bills and maybe we can even go out for dinner and get groceries till we get paid again. Even though Hubby forgot to pay the electric and they were gonna shut it off! That bill was one of those that want you to"go smack your momma bills"! God does provide! We used to get paid biweekly, but since I have retired it went to monthly! What a difference to get used to. O yeh and it would be good if the house up north would sell!

Seems like I work every day and still have more to do! but I guess thats the way of a housewife!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Shop till ya drop

Today was a girls day out. We went to Bradenton Outlet Mall.
I think I only spent $40 or something like that. The others in the party
were much more generous than me.

Today was the first day we used the new wheelchair lift on the car for my handicapped daughter! What a joy it was having it! No more lifting the wheelchair for me YEAH!
I actually didn't have to push her around either cause she took her new motorized wheelchair
she got while I was up north- settling things
I almost didn't know what to do with myself not pushing her
Plus in all this heat I didn't get heat stroke or heart attack-what a relief,
we should have gotten it years ago- would have saved me and hubby allot!

When we drove back I used the GPS in the car- one of the gals that went showed us how to get down there- she was amazed I could remember all the turns etc. I laughed out loud and told her I wasn't all that smart I was using the GPS. She had never used or been in a car with GPS and was so very amazed! She actually had an argument with it, said it was telling me wrong and had to apologize to it when it was right. She actually called it a bitch!
We had a great day with just perfect weather! The Skyline Bridge was truly beautiful-you could see for miles!

When we arrived home hubby was full of perspiration from working outside all day! I told him to go get his bathing suit on, he needed some swimming and the hot tub! OOO and drink something!
What a beautiful, sunny morning. It makes you happy to be alive, doesn't it? We can't let the sun outshine us! We have to beam, too!
Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005

Florida Breeze

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

It's calm and so quiet here
standing on the porch outside
hearing an occasional car go by
or the crickets undeniable sound

It's hard to believe there are storms abrewing
Tropical depressions and hurricanes abound
The ocean is roaring on the other side of the state

There are children crying
from lack of food from their mom and dad's
the diseases that mame and disfigure
the Innocent ones

There are still wars
going on across the miles to other continents
killing the soldiers we have sent abroad

the rumbling of the parties
those Democrats & Republicans
calling names where rhetoric abounds

Lord, please let the things we see and hear
in the nature you provide
be noticed and mimicked
by all,
let there be peace, calm and quiet
for everyone to see
not just me!

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Monday, September 01, 2008


Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderment's of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light.
Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), The Republic

I was reminded it was a holiday today, but it really wasn't for me.
I cleaned one of the closets. I mean I took everything out, rearranged , threw some stuff and put other stuff to give to Good Will. I took nothing out of the car or the darn trailer I drove down here! Am I nuts- don't answer that it was rhetorical!
We did go out to a friend's for dinner and went swimming, but it didn't seem like a holiday.
Maybe tomorrow or the next day I will have a holiday?